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Beltre sends Rangers to ALCS with three homers

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 8:02 pm
 
Beltre

By Evan Brunell

Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and George Brett.

That's the company Adrian Beltre finds himself in after his power display in Game 4 of the ALDS, slugging three home runs for the first time in divisional series play. These three players are also on the list, Ruth doing it twice. Two others have also accomplished the honor: Bob Robertson and Adam Kennedy, the last man to accomplish the feat when he knocked the lights out in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series.

Beltre's power led Texas to a 4-3 victory, the Rangers scoring all their runs on solo blasts. Ian Kinsler led off the game with his own homer to set the pace, with three total homers off of Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (and Beltre adding his third off Matt Moore), but Beltre's all anyone was talking about after the game.

"The first couple of games, their pitchers were really good," Beltre told TBS after the game. "I couldn't get nothing, but today something changed. I felt more comfortable at the plate. I did something to help my team win."

Beltre's power display has been going on for a while. He missed 37 games with a left thigh strain, but came off the DL on September 1 and slugged 12 homers the rest of the way, best in the majors. On the year, he had 32 blasts which is good for second-most in his career behind 2004's 48 taters. If he hadn't hit the DL, it's not out of the realm of possibility to think he could have approached 40. Not shabby for a player the Angels passed on in free agency, much to Texas' gain. Beltre's power and defensive wizardry have both combined to make him one of the best third basemen in the game, something he showed the masses on Tuesday.

And now, Beltre gets to advance to the ALCS in his first postseason since 2004, when the Dodgers were bounced in four games by the Cardinals. Beltre only collected four singles in 16 plate appearances, and that was the extent of his postseason experience... until now.

"That's one of the major reasons I came to this team," Beltre explained, "to hopefully put a ring on my finger."

So far, so good.

Video: Beltre and manager Ron Washington discuss the Game 4 victory.



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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Beltre sends Rangers to ALCS with three homers

Against the Yankees in Anaheim ... not the Giants in SF



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Beltre sends Rangers to ALCS with three homers

"..., the last man to accomplish the feat when he knocked the lights out in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series."

Actually, that was the American League Championship Series...

Only Babe Ruth & Reggie Jackson did it during the World Series.



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