By Mike Harrington
If you didn't stay up until almost 1 a.m. ET, you missed a classic opener to the NLCS as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 3-2, on Carlos Beltran's RBI single to right in the bottom of the 13th.
The only two NLCS games that went longer were two epic Mets games -- the 16-inning clincher at Houston in 1986 and the famous Robin Ventura "grand slam single" victory of 1999 in Game Five against Atlanta. It took 4 hours, 47 minutes to play.
Said Cards shortstop Pete Kozma: "It was a good team win. A good team Carlos win today."
He's not kidding. The guy did it all.
Neither team had scored since the third, when the Dodgers went ahead on Juan Uribe's two-run single and Beltran tied the game with a two-run double. Beltran kept things tied in the 10th with a perfect one-hop throw to nail Mark Ellis at home and finally won it in the 13th off Kerwin Danley.
Beltran has nine RBIs in October and continues to affix his reputation as one of the greatest October players of our generation (apologies to Mets fans still bemoaning that called third strike in 2006).
Click below to see all of Beltran's heroics from Friday night/early this morning.
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