Post-season legend Carlos Beltran pitches in to tie NLCS Game 1 at 2-2 in the third inning

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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.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.