Originally written October 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
ST. LOUIS – When Matt Carpenter trotted to right field at the start of the second inning on Wednesday, replacing Carlos Beltran, it was definitely a cause for concern for the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran, even after grounding into a double play in the bottom of the first, still had a .400 average this postseason and a .375 average in his postseason career, among the highest in baseball history. Carpenter made certain, however, that he did more than just occupy Beltran’s defensive position and spot in the batting order – he delivered like Beltran as well. His two-run homer in the third inning sent the Cardinals on to a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants in the rain-delayed Game 3 of the NL Championship Series. The win gave the Cardinals a 2-1 series lead and raised their record to 9-1 in postseason games following a loss the last two seasons. After Matt Cain retired the first two batters in the third, Jon Jay blooped a single to left and moved to second on Cain’s wild pick...
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