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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 night's contest.
According to Daniel Brown and Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Beltran's status was up in the air until about two hours before first pitch. Manager Mike Matheny felt comfortable penciling him in the lineup though, and Beltran delivered in his first at-bat.
In Beltran's first at-bat last night, while facing a suddenly dominant Barry Zito, he singled and stole second base. He upped his postseason batting average to .382. Beltran has long been known as a clutch postseason hitter, and he continues to show those skills this season. The question is, will his presence be enough to hold off another miracle comeback from the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants won Game Five and have earned home field advantage back. All they have to do is win their final two games at home and they will march on to the World Series. Of course, it's not that simple. The Cardinals need just one win to move on. San Francisco was in this position during the National League Division Series, but they did not let it get them down. Instead, they simply won three straight to move on to the NLCS.
Beltran is a career .375/.486/.830 in 31 postseason games. He is hoping to help the Cardinals reach the World Series for the second straight season.
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