outfielder Carlos Beltran bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- Right fielder Carlos Beltran and right-hander Jake Westbrook made short work of the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, but after the Cardinals' easy 6-1 win, they still couldn't relax because of a left hand injury suffered by catcher Yadier Molina.
Initial X-rays found no break after Molina was crossed up and hit in the left hand by a pitch from right-hander Mitchell Boggs in the ninth inning, but more tests will be forthcoming.
Beltran, for the second time in a week, hit two homers and drove at least six runs. On Tuesday, he hit a first-inning breaking ball from Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy for a two-run homer. In the second, an inning kept alive by a two-out walk to the light-hitting Westbrook, Beltran belted the 10th grand slam of his career off another breaking ball.
"The first couple of innings, (Kennedy) left some balls over the middle of the plate," said Beltran, who has five homers and 15 RBI during a 10-for-23 run that has followed a 3-for-32 skid.
Manager Mike Matheny was confident that Beltran was ready for a breakout, even when he was in the midst of his slump.
"He's not a player who's going to panic," Matheny said of Beltran, who has 10 homers to Albert Pujols' one. "He isn't going to try to reinvent the wheel.
"He's got a good idea of what he's looking for, and he doesn't try to do too much when he's got a chance to get it."