ST. LOUIS Who knew some small ball could cause such a big stir?
The bunt Carlos Beltran laid down Monday was still a hot topic Tuesday -- until Beltran dismissed it with some words and a swing.
But first things first.
Beltran bunted for the seventh time in as many years Monday, in the seventh inning of what turned out to be a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The sacrifice moved two runners, Adron Chambers and Matt Carpenter, into scoring position. While Chambers later scored, Carpenter got stranded. The inning ended with the Dodgers ahead 3-2, the game's final score.
Legitimate questions followed.
Had Beltran been told to bunt?
Had he made that decision on his own?
Matheny stiff-armed such queries Monday but on Tuesday he explained.
"The only reason I was visibly upset was that I tried to get around a question there really wasn't going to be a good answer for," he said. "It wouldn't be left alone. You guys out there, in whatever walk of life, if ...