Carlos Beltran gunned down Mark Ellis trying to tag up from third base for the final out of the top of the 10th inning in Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis. With the score locked at 2-2 Ellis, who tripled with one out, attempted to tag up on Michael Young’s fly ball to right.
Beltran had other ideas, firing a seed to Yadier Molina at the plate. Ellis was dead meat and Molina applied the tag. On the reverse angle replay it looks as if Molina might not have tagged Ellis with the ball in his glove. (Still photos paint another picture.) Figure this play will only fuel the (odd) anti-Cardinals sentiment currently sweeping the sports world.
Out or safe, it was a great throw by Beltran who is usually noted for his postseason prowess with the bat. Instead of the go-ahead run for the Dodgers it was an inning-ending double play turned by the Cardinals.
The play proved huge (duh) as Beltran later won the game for St. Louis, 3-2, with an RBI single with one out in the 13th off Kenley Jansen.