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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Carlos Beltran is unsung hero versus Nationals

Carlos Beltran has had a rough second half of the season.  It is well documented.  The switch-hitting right fielder has struggled at the plate with his timing and also, partly because of his legs.

Beltran has been limited, but Beltran's limited is still pretty good.

In Friday night's dramatic 9-7 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals in Game Five of the National League Division Series, Beltran was more than pretty good.  He was spectacular.

Sure Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma will receive most of the attention and the headlines, and rightfully so.  They are the two unlikely Cardinals who came up with the game-tying and game-winning hits respectfully  The middle infielders deserve the bright lights and celebrity treatment.

But it was Beltran who made the whole thing tick, helping to lead the charge from a 6-0 third inning deficit to propel the Cardinals to the next round against the San Francisco Giants.

Beltran was on base five times in Friday's game, collecting three hits, including a pair of doubles, and two walks.

One of those Beltran doubles came when he led off the epic ninth inning off of Nationals closer Drew Storen.  Beltran got the party started while Descalso and Kozma, wildy enough, cleaned up the party.

Beltran had himself one heck of a series against the Nationals, turning it on like he has in the past once the playoffs start.

Beltran was 8 for 18 against the Nationals with two home runs, three doubles, four RBI's, and five walks.  Beltran did his job at the top of the Cardinals order.

Beltran had himself quite a series and the Cardinals can only help he is healthy enough to continue his torrid pace as the Cardinals unbelievably get ready to play the San Francisco Giants.