Adrian Beltre loves playing in Arlington, Texas. On Monday, he had a nice day at the plate, hitting for the cycle. This was actually his third time hitting for the cycle in his career and they’ve all come where the Texas Rangers call home: twice as a member of the Rangers and once as a member of the Seattle Mariners.
Beltre tripled in the first inning against the Houston Astros, doubled in the second inning, singled in the third, took a breather in the fourth and homered in the fifth. Four at-bats, cycle complete. He became the first player to hit for the cycle in five innings since the erstwhile B.J. Upton in 2009.
Furthermore, Beltre put trivia on his résumé by completing that third cycle. He’s only the fourth player in MLB history to hit for three cycles and you’ve got to go waaaay back in history to find the others. There’s John Reilly (completed in 1890), Bob Meusel (1928) and Babe Herman (1933) — then there’s Beltre in 2015.