Adrian Beltre wasted little time on selecting the biggest storyline of the night, and it wasn't his second career cycle. No, Beltre said, it had to be the pitching performance by Matt Harrison in the Texas Rangers' 8-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Harrison took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and destiny seemed to be on his side when David Murphy made a diving catch on a sinking liner by Ryan Doumit for the second out of the inning. It was a Rusty Greer-esque catch from Kenny Rogers' perfect game in 1994. "You know they say after a no-hitter there is a great catch," Beltre said. "After I saw the catch, I thought he's doing it. He's doing it. And then ..." And then came a line-drive single by the next batter, Trevor Plouffe, and the no-hit bid evaporated. Still, Harrison received a rousing ovation from the 45,823 in attendance at Rangers Ballpark, including a standing ovation from the no-hit king himself, team president and CEO Nolan Ryan. Beltre brought the crowd back to life in the bottom half of the seventh, singling to right field off Twins reliever Kyle Waldrop to complete the sixth cycle in Rangers history. Beltre's first three hits were against Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno. He had an RBI triple in the first inning, his first triple in more than two years. He then had a run-scoring double in the second, and started the fifth with a solo home run. Beltre hit for his first cycle in 2008 against Texas as a member of the Seattle Mariners. He is the first player to hit for the cycle in the same stadium as both a visitor and for the home team. Who did Beltre get his first three hits against for his cycle on Sept. 1, 2008? None other than Harrison. But Beltre shot down any notion that he could have gotten three hits off Harrison on Friday.
Beltre hits for the cycle
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Aug 25