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Carlos Beltran takes Mark Melancon deep in the eighth to knot Game 3 at 3-3

Oct 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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The legend of Carlos Beltran is growing to epic proportions. The 36-year-old entered the 2013 post-season with a 1.154 OPS in 151 post-season plate appearances. He hit his 15th career playoff home run in Game 1 on Thursday, tying Babe Ruth for the eighth-most all-time.

Beltran passed the Bambino with his 16th career playoff home run with a solo shot to right-center off of Pirates reliever Mark Melancon to lead off the top of the eighth inning, tying the game at 3-3. Beltran took a cutter for a called strike before turning on a 93 MPH four-seamer.

Melancon has been the Pirates’ most reliable reliever all year, finishing up the regular season with a 1.39 ERA in 71 innings.

  1. Stiller43 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Melancon AND beltran should be banned from playing.

    Melancon because he’s sucked as of late and beltran because he is just too damn good in the postseason. I mean, come on.

  2. pgilbert2013 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Do you think Albert is sitting in So. Cal wonder why the hell he’s sitting their instead of playing in the post season?

    He already has enough money for the rest of his life. I guess it was a respect thing…

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

      He might be, but I bet Cards’ fans are happier where they are:

      ’12-13 numbers
      Pujols – .275/.338/.485 – 130 OPS+, 253 Games, 5.4 offensive rWAR
      Craig – .311/.364/.488 – 134 OPS+, 253 Games, 5.7 offensive rWAR

      and what matters:
      Pujols – $28M
      Craig – $2.245M

      Same production for 1/10th the cost!

    • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      There are literlaly millions of people all over the glove who would say you have enough money for the rest of your life too. I imagine you’ll be taking a pay cut when the time comes because you like your boss so much you feel like you owe him one.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        A lot easier to take a pay cut when you are making 16 million a year…as opposed to (you know)…$25,000, $30,000, $50,000 a year. But your point is taken. I am sure A.P. would have wound up with one foot in the free cheese line should he have done so.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        And you wouldn’t have to walk 3 miles for clean water if you took a pay cut. Wealth is relative so it’s petty when you start counting someone else’s money. Why should Pujols have left tens of millions if dollars on the table to cut his billionaire boss in St. Louis a break?

        It’s a terrible contract and I could have told you that from day one, but it’s not AP’s fault it was offered to him and you can’t fault him for taking the money because the overwhelming odds are that you would have too.

  3. patrickcody - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Did his best Drew Storen impression

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