Saturday, October 12, 2013

Carlos Beltran Delivers in 13th as Cardinals Take NLCS Game One with 3-2 Win over Dodgers

Players of the Day for Friday, October 11, 2013

National League

It took 13 innings for the Dodgers and Cardinals to decide game one of their best-of-seven championship series, but the Cardinal fans who kept the faith for four hours and 47 minutes were well rewarded, when Carlos Beltran knocked in the game-winner with one out in the bottom of the 13th for the 3-2 victory.

Beltran: 2-6, 3 RBI
With one out in the final frame, Daniel Descalso - pinch-hitting for Lance Lynn - singled up the middle and the next batter, Matt Carpenter, drew a walk off LA reliever Chris Winthrow. With the winning run on second base, manager Don Mattingly decided to make a move, bringing in closer Kenley Jansen to face the switch-hitting Beltran.

Beltran, who had driven in both of the Cardinal runs in the third inning with a two-out double to the right center gap, delivered with a sharp single to right, bringing around Descalso with the winning run.

After homering twice and driving in six runs in the NLDS with the Pirates, Beltran continued to provide for the Cardinals, driving in all three runs in the opener with the Dodgers. He also was a defensive star, throwing out A.J. Ellis at the plate in the 10th.

The Dodgers used six pitchers during the game; the Cardinals employed seven, including Lynn, who tossed the final two innings and may be the starter for Sy. Louis in game four.

The 13-inning marathon the longest postseason game for the Dodgers since the 1916 World Series, when Babe Ruth pitched 14 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox past Brooklyn.

Game two of the series begins at 4:37 pm EDT at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

American League

There were no AL games on Friday. Game of the the ALDS between Boston and Detroit is scheduled to start at 8:37 pm EDT at Fenway Park.

Today's Trivia: Two pitchers have won five post-season games in a single season. Who are they?

Yesterday's Answer: John Smoltz has the career post-season mark for most strikeouts, with 199 in 209 innings.

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