In a Game 1 battle likely to foreshadow the competitiveness National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers battled to a 2-2 tie after 9 innings. And 10 innings, and 11 and 12 innings. In the 13th inning, perennial postseason hero Carlos Beltran broke the deadlock against Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with a long single down the right field line to send home pinch hitter Daniel Descalso to give the Red Birds the 1-0 series lead (video courtesy MLB.com)
The game was the third longest NLCS in history. Beltran had already played the role of hero once in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a 2-run double to tie up the game after the Dodgers had surged out to a lead in the top of the 3rd. The effort gives the 8-time All-Star a .345 postseason average with 16 HR and 34 RBI in 40 post-season games. Despite these heroics, Beltran has never played in the World Series, having lost the NLCS for three different teams (Houston Astros, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals). Will this be the year that this generation’s Mr. October plays in the Fall Classic? The Cardinals are three wins away!
– David Whitlock
Watch Beltran scores off a double steal