Friday, September 30, 2011
Defensive difference: Adrian Beltre's error
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's rare to see Adrian Beltre commit an error. And even more rare to see him make a throwing error.
But that's what happened with two outs in the fifth inning and the Rangers down 6-0. Johnny Damon hit a ground ball to third base and Beltre gloved it before firing a high throw to Michael Young. The throw pulled Young off the bag, allowing the inning to continue.
C.J. Wilson, who was falling behind hitters and struggling with his command, went 3-2 on Kelly Shoppach before surrendering a two-run homer. It was Shoppach's second homer of the game.
Beltre's last error was July 1 and he had just 11 all season. Since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1, Beltre has made his usual assortment of highlight-reel plays and has been solid defensively.
Because of the error, the two runs given up by Wilson on the homer were unearned.