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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran's availability for Game 4 of the NL championship series was uncertain after the St. Louis Cardinals slugger left Wednesday's game with a strained left knee.
Subbing for Beltran in right field, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat to help the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Still, the prospect of losing Beltran for even a game or two is troubling for St. Louis given his postseason pedigree. Beltran leads the Cardinals with a .400 postseason batting average. He has three home runs and six RBIs in the playoffs this year and leads all players with eight extra-base hits.
It's no fluke. Beltran is a career .375 hitter in the postseason, highest among players with a minimum of 100 at-bats. He has 14 homers and 25 RBIs in 137 postseason plate appearances.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't sure what happened to Beltran.
"As he ran down his first at-bat, something caught him in his knee," Matheny said. "He came back down into the tunnel and checked him out and he was not doing well."
Beltran, who was not in the clubhouse after the game, appeared to move slowly down the line after grounding into a double play in the first inning. When the team took the field in the second, Carpenter was announced as Beltran's replacement.
Carpenter, in his first at-bat of the NLCS, followed Jon Jay's two-out single with a 421-foot home run against San Francisco ace Matt Cain in the third inning to put St. Louis ahead 2-1. The Cardinals added another run in the seventh.
Carpenter is 2 for 6 this postseason and 5 for 5 in his career against Cain. The homer was his first extra-base hit off the right-hander.
The 35-year-old Beltran played in 151 games this season, sitting out occasionally with aches and pains -- sometimes with in his knee.
"He's had some issues on and off all season, on and off his whole career," Matheny said.
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Carlos Beltran is one of the best postseason hitters around, and the St. Louis Cardinals lost him for Game Three. The outfielder had to leave the game in the second inning because of a left knee strain. He suffered the injury while trying to beat out a ground ball in the first inning.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Beltran is listed as day-to-day...
Carlos Beltran, who had to leave Wednesday's game after the first inning, did not play last night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals managed to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the National League Division series without arguably their best hitter.
Beltran said before the game he felt better but was still sore. According to Derrick Goold...
Carlos Beltran has returned to the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Beltran was set to play right field Friday night against San Francisco. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the series.
The All-Star outfielder did not play Thursday night, a day after he left after one inning because of a strained left knee.
The 35-year-old Beltran...
Carlos Beltran returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup Friday night for Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Beltran said his strained left knee felt good enough to play. The All-Star right fielder underwent 2 1/2 hours of treatment during the day, plus acupuncture to increase blood flow to the knee.
Beltran was set to bat second against San Francisco. The Cardinals...
Carlos Beltran is not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field for Thursday night's game against the...
Cardinals star Carlos Beltran left Game 3 of the NL championship series with a strained left knee, and there was an immediate impact: Replacement right fielder Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat.
Beltran exited after grounding into a double play in the first inning and Carpenter took his place in the second. St. Louis says Beltran is day to day.
The St. Louis Cardinals began Game 4 of the National League Championship Series without one of the best players in recent postseason history. Right fielder Carlos Beltran didn't start Thursday against the San Francisco Giants due to a sore left knee. Beltran left Game 3 on Wednesday after hurting the knee while running out a double-play grounder. According to the St. Louis...
Carlos Beltran was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.
Rookie Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field. Both players...
Carlos Beltran's return to the St. Louis Cardinals lineup was not a triumphant one. The Cardinals, who won both games in which Beltran missed time, could not muster up a win with Beltran back in the lineup. Beltran felt a pinch in his knee during the first inning of Game Three and had to leave. He missed Game Four. However, he was feeling well enough to return for last...
The Cardinals have a pretty commanding 3-1 series lead on the Cardinals, but it is far from a done deal yet. Even if they do win the series in the next three games, the Tigers and their pitching staff, which just dominated the Yankees, are waiting. St. Louis potentially have 10 games left this season. While even over 10 games, one starting position player being out does not usually...
Carlos Beltran limped to the trainer's room, taking the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest clutch October bat with him.
Turns out they had the perfect substitute.
Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 NL championship series lead.
Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Mitchell Boggs struck...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.
The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 12-hour rain delay in the seventh inning...
Game 4? Hardly.
It was a night to be savored. One of the rare post season wins where the outcome is long been determined before the final out has been recorded. Where the normal high pressure at bats morph back into the lazy metronomic beats of the summer that has just passed us by.
The Cardinals dispatched the Giants 8-3 in would...