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Carlos Beltran continues post-season dominance, ties up NLDS Game 3 at 2-2 in the 5th

Oct 6, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran, Russell Martin AP

Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran added to his post-season legend by coming through for his team in the fifth inning against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning of Game 3. Jon Jay singled and Pete Kozma walked to put runners on first and second with no outs, but it appeared they were on their way to squandering that opportunity.

Pitcher Joe Kelly attempted to bunt both runners over but failed, striking out on a foul tip to catcher Russell Martin. Matt Carpenter then struck out looking as Jay and Kozma successfully executed a double-steal, moving to second and third with two outs. With a base open, the Pirates could have pitched around Beltran, especially after Liriano fell behind 2-0. But Liriano fired some off-speed stuff before Beltran was able to get a grounder through the Pirate infield for a two-run single, tying up the game at 2-2.

The Pirates had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Marlon Byrd‘s two-run single to left against Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Kelly has since held the Pirate lineup down without much of an issue.

  1. righthereisay - Oct 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Bad call by ump at 3rd cost the Pirates 2 runs in my opinion.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Meh, looked like a tie to me. That’s on super-slow replay as well…

  2. taz101 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    He was out. Should be 3-0 Buccos right now.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Oh, come on. They showed the reply once and it looked like a tie to me. Seriously, I think it instant reply was available that call still doesn’t get overturned. That’s a silly play to get upset about.

  3. taz101 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    We’ll just agree to disagree then. I’ve watched it multiple times & he’s bout every time. I’m not trying to kill the ump up here. It was a very close play & those calls get missed. But to dismiss it as a play that wasn’t important is just incorrect.

    • fearlessleader - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      I’ve got a far bigger issue with the strike zone, which was unfair to both teams all day long.

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