8 top moments from Friday's Dodgers-Cardinals NLCS Game 1
With the Dodgers and Cardinals advancing from the Division Series, Game 1 of the NLCS got underway on Friday night in St. Louis. Would Zach Greinke overpower the Cardinals offense? Would Carlos Beltan continue to write his name into the postseason history books? Would Joe Kelly bust a move out on the mound?
Let's hit the GIFs:
Kelly looked a bit shaky in the top of the first, allowing a single to Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis, hitting Hanley Ramirez with a pitch inside and then letting both runners advance on a wild pitch.
He quickly settled in, however, and struck out the next two batters: Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
Carl Crawford continued his postseason showcase by leading off the third inning with a double. It was all the more impressive considering what happened as he rounded first:
Later in the inning, Gonzalez and Ramirez both walked, and Crawford eventually got thrown out at home on a Puig ground out.
But then, Juan Uribe did his Juan Uribe thing, and the score was 2-0:
While Greinke was dealing all night, the third inning was the lone blip on the radar.
Not content to let the 2-0 lead stand, Joe Kelly and Matt Carpenter both reached to kick off the two-out rally. Then, Carlos Beltran stepped up to the plate.
New rule: don't pitch to Carlos Beltran in the postseason:
And just like that, a 2-2 tie ballgame.
As the game continued, the Cardinals bullpen did the traditional run-scoring dance:
But it didn't work, as Yasiel Puig racked up yet another double play:
Neither team was able to break through in the first nine innings, and so St. Louis got to see a little bit of bonus baseball.
In the top of the 10th, with one out, Mark Ellis knocked a triple to center field. Sensing the importance of that potential go-ahead run, Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal intentionally walked Hanley Ramirez to get to Michael Young.
Young knocked a fly ball to right center, Ellis tagged and broke for home, and Beltran once again proved why he's king of the postseason:
Fast forward to the 13th inning (yup, the 13th inning). With runners on first and second, Carlos Beltran singled on a Kenley Jansen cutter and said good night. Beltran gonna Beltran: