After nineteen seasons and 10,174 major league at-bats, Adrian Beltre reached a huge milestone last night. He collected his 2,900th hit. It was a double that drove in the go-ahead run in the Rangers 6-5 victory over the Rangers. He is now just one hundred hits away from the magical 3,000.
Yet nobody will remember it.
Because, after four years and fourteen major league at-bats, Yu Darvish hit a home run. It was the first home run from a Texas Rangers pitcher since Bobby Witt hit one in 1997. And it turned out to be the difference in the game.
Darvish pitched well enough to win. He gave up just three earned runs. But Jonathan Lucroy gave up a run, and so did Elvis Andrus, so Darvish left the game tied 5-5. While he went deep at the plate, he didn’t go deep on the mound, pitching only six innings.
Fortunately, Beltre’s eighth-inning double made a winner of the Rangers and the leaky Rangers bullpen put three scoreless innings in the books to preserve it.
Now the Rangers head home for four against the Central division leading Cleveland Indians then three against the second-place Seattle Mariners with the chance to create a lot of daylight in the race for the best record in the American League as well as the West division.
Unfortnately, they are back to having a DH, so Yu Darvish will not get the chance to hit.
It’s going to be on Adrian Beltre to have more remarkable at-bats.
Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39) vs. Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80)
Game time: 7:05
How the Indians hit against Hamels.
How the Rangers hit against Tomlin.