After finally reaching the World Series after playing in the big leagues for 16 years, former KC Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran left his first ever World Series game on Wednesday night after just two innings.
He struck out in his only plate appearance against eventual Boston winning pitcher, Jon Lester. The play of the night was the catch that he made in the second inning of Game 1 that forced him from the game with a right rib contusion. With the bases loaded and David Ortiz at the plate, Beltran reached over the right field bullpen wall to bring back a grand slam (though the Red Sox still scored a run on the sac fly). The St. Louis Cardinals would go on to get battered.
With his insertion into Game 2′s lineup up in the air, many began calling him soft. How can you wait all this time to reach the Fall Classic and then sit out games? I say, how can you even think of calling him soft when those making the statements could never make that catch.
After taking batting practice before Game 2, Beltran deemed himself ready to go and he was placed in his usual two-spot in the order, playing right field.
He proved all the doubters wrong in his very first at-bat on a very cold night at Fenway Park against Red Sox starter John Lackey. He looped a single to left field and did not wince on the swing. Though he would make outs in his next two plate appearances, Beltran would drive in the Cardinals final run of the game, a game they would come back to win 4-2.
Big Papi homered off of National League Championship Series MVP Michael Wacha in the bottom of the sixth, but Wacha saw him teammates come right back to pick him up in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a sac fly that tied the game at 2-2. On a throwing error on the same play, the go ahead run would score. Beltran would follow with an RBI single to finish the scoring.
The series is now tied at 1-1 and moves to St. Louis for the next three games beginning on Saturday night on FOX. Will Beltran win that elusive World Series ring? Stay tuned.