MLB Notebook: Beltre enjoying a historic week
On July 9, 1937, Joe DiMaggio's seven-RBI, five-hit day included a single, double, triple and two home runs. With the performance, DiMaggio -- who had enjoyed a three-home run game just a month earlier on June 13 -- became the fourth player in baseball history to have a three-homer game and hit for the cycle in the same season.
Eleven years later, DiMaggio was at it again, although he didn't use up so much time in between the two feats. On May 20, 1948, in Chicago, DiMaggio again had a five-hit day made up of two homers to hit for the cycle. Just three days later, in the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland, DiMaggio homered twice off Bob Feller and then hit another against Bob Muncrief. To this day, no other player has had two separate seasons in which he's both hit for the cycle and hit three homers in a game.
However, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has done a pretty good impression of the Yankee Clipper this week. Two days after hitting three home runs in a game, Beltre hit for the cycle Friday in an 8-0 win over the Twins.
Beltre was the 17th player in history to hit for the cycle and homer three times in a game in the same season. The full list, broken down by decade:
1930s: Hack Wilson ('30), Babe Herman ('33), Jimmie Foxx ('33) and DiMaggio (1937)
1940s: Johnny Mize ('40 -- Mize had a pair of three-homer games), DiMaggio ('48) and Ted Williams ('46)
1950s: Frank Robinson ('59)
1960s: Jim King (1964)
1970s: Tony Horton ('70), John Mayberry ('77) and George Brett ('79)
1980s: Andre Dawson ('87)
1990s: Dave Winfield ('91)
2000s: Miguel Tejada ('01); Jose Reyes ('06)
2010s: Beltre ('12)
Beltre also hit for the cycle on Sept. 1, 2008. He is the 29th player in history to have multiple cycles. The others: Ken Boyer, Brett, Pete Browning, Cesar Cedeno, Fred Clarke, Mickey Cochrane, Joe Cronin, DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Jim Fregosi, Lou Gehrig, Herman (three), Aaron Hill, Chuck Klein, Bob Meusel (three), Tip O'Neill, John Olerud, Dave Orr, John Reilly, Jimmy Ryan, George Sisler, Chris Speier, Mike Tiernan, Arky Vaughan, Bob Watson, Wally Westlake, Frank White and Brad Wilkerson.
Baltimore's Chris Davis hit three home runs in a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, joining Curtis Granderson, Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton (who hit four), Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Kubel, Ike Davis and Beltre as the ninth player this season (and second in three days) to achieve the feat.
Chris Davis is the 23rd player in franchise history to hit three homers in a game, and the first since Nick Markakis on Aug. 22, 2006. The first American League player to hit three homers in a game was also member of the franchise. On April 22, 1922, St. Louis Browns outfielder Ken Williams hit three against the White Sox.
Baltimore's Davis was the first designated hitter to homer three times in a game since the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez on Aug. 14, 2010, and the first Orioles DH to hit three in a game since Juan Beniquez on June 12, 1986. Overall, Davis is the 26th DH to hit three in a game.
Allen Craig and Yadier Molina each homered as part of their three-hit nights, and the Cardinals defeated the Reds, 8-5.
Craig's homer was his 19th of the season and gave him 46 extra-base hits in 356 plate appearances. That percentage of extra-base hits is 12.92, which ranks third in the National League. Among players with at least 350 plate appearances, Craig is behind only Votto and Giancarlo Stanton.
Molina's performance raised his OPS to .897 -- the second best in the Majors for any catcher with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title (Buster Posey is at the top, at .943). The only Cardinals catcher to finish a qualifying season with an OPS as high as Molina's current mark was Ted Simmons in 1977, with a .908 OPS.
St. Louis' pitching staff, which entered the game with the fourth-lowest ratio of homers allowed per nine innings in the NL, held the Reds (second in the NL in home runs) to a pair of extra-base hits -- two doubles. The game marked the 18th time in 64 home games the Reds had been held without a home run. They are 7-11 in those 18 contests.
In the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Astros, David Wright hit his 200th career home run. He is the third player in Mets history to reach the milestone, following Darryl Strawberry (252) and Mike Piazza (220).
Wright is the 11th third baseman in history with at least 200 homers through his age-29 season. The others: Eddie Mathews (370), Troy Glaus (257), Ron Santo (253), Beltre (242), Mike Schmidt (235), Chipper Jones (227), Eric Chavez (227), Scott Rolen (226), Matt Williams (225) and Aramis Ramirez (222).
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Detroit's Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered to bring his career total of extra-base hits to 700. Among all players in history through their age-29 season, Cabrera is the eighth player to have at least 700. Rodriguez, with 792, had the most.
Kansas City's Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with his AL-leading 40th double of the season. Gordon, who had 45 doubles in 2011, is the fifth Royals player to have back-to-back seasons of at least 40 doubles. Brett did it twice, in 1978-79 and '90-91, Billy Butler has hit at least 40 in each of the past three seasons (he has 18 this year), Hal McRae did it in '82 and '83, and Jermaine Dye had 44 in '99 and 41 in 2000.
The Rangers' Matt Harrison allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings to pick up his 15th win of the season. Harrison is the 11th southpaw in Senators/Rangers history to win at least 15 games, and -- in his age-26 season -- the fourth youngest. Those who accomplished the feat at a younger age: Derek Holland (16 wins in 2011, his age-24 season), Claude Osteen (15 wins in 1964, his age-24 season) and Pete Richert (15 wins in '65, his age-25 season).
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.