Friday, May 31, 2013
Adrian Beltre putting on a show
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Adrian Beltre goes to one knee for a home run, it's on.
Beltre capped a torrid May with a solo shot in the seventh inning, going down to his left knee to pull a breaking ball from Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar over the left-field fence. It was the final run for the Texas Rangers in a 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
It was Beltre's 11th home run of the season.
Adrian Beltre's long ball Friday capped a solid May in which he hit .376.
"When that happens," Beltre said, "I'm tracking the ball better."
Beltre had a May to remember. He notched his fourth four-hit game of the month, becoming the first Ranger to do that in a calendar month. His four games this season with four hits is tied with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera -- yes, that guy who is chasing another Triple Crown.
Beltre finished May with a .376 batting average. He was batting .214 on May 1. He'll take a .306 clip into Saturday's game after another 4-for-4 night, the first time he's been above .300 this season.
He had six home runs and 23 RBIs for the month. He also scored 20 runs. He extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Is this the start of something special?
"I hope it is," Beltre said. "I'm more confident. I worked with my hitting coach [Dave Magadan] on some things. I'm seeing better pitches."