Carlos Beltran entered the 2013 NLCS hitting .345/.453/.761 in 172 post-season playoff appearances. He gave his numbers a slight boost with a game-tying two-run double to center in the bottom of the third inning, picking up starter Joe Kelly after he had surrendered two runs to the Dodgers in the top half of the inning.
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke got two quick outs on strikeouts, but allowed a single to Kelly and walked Matt Carpenter to bring Beltran to the plate. Greinke threw him only fastballs, falling behind 3-1. Beltran then laced a 90 MPH two-seamer for a double, just out of the outstretched glove of Andre Ethier in center. With a little extra mustard, the fly ball would have been a three-run home run.
Both starters are in the 50-pitch range entering the fourth inning, going through the opposing lineup for the second time.
Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.
Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.
Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.
Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.
The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.