ST. LOUIS — Carlos Beltran kept protesting that he’s just one player.
Albeit a pretty special one in October.
“Understand this is not about me,” Beltran said. “In order for a team to win a ballgame, a lot of things need to happen right, the right way. We have to pitch, we have to play defense and we have to come through offensively.”
Beltran had the last two covered like a blanket Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, giving the St. Louis Cardinals his latest scintillating postseason performance in a 13-inning, 3-2 victory over theLos Angeles Dodgers.
“Carlos, he’s a tough out for us,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Beltran hit a tying, two-run double in the third inning. Then he took charge on defense, calling center fielder Jon Jay off the ball before throwing out a runner at the plate from shallow right field in the 10th to keep it even.