Carlos Beltran's performance in game #1 of the NLCS last night was nothing short of spectacular. Beltran made three key plays to contribute to all three runs in the Cardinals' 13-inning victory over the Dodgers to take the first game of series:
1. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Beltran hit a double that bounced off of the outfield wall against Zack Greinke to score two runs for a 2-0 lead.
2. In the top of the 10th inning, with Dodger runner Mark Ellis on third base, Beltran caught a fly ball in the outfield, and then made a nearly perfect one-hop throw to catcher, Yadier Molina, to get the potential winning Dodger run out at homeplate.
3. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Beltran knocked in the winning run to end game one of the NLCS after 4 hours and 47 minutes of playing time.
Carlos Beltran's 2000 Topps #178 sophomore card was produced a full 5 years after his rookie card. Beltran's 2nd card also represents the first time that both his name and photo matched each other on the same Topps card.