(The Chirp) -- RF Carlos Beltran, who struggled for most of the second half of the season, has had a pair of two-run homers against the Washington Nationals in just more than a week, the second pair coming on Monday in a 12-4 victory in the second game of the National League Division Series. "Today, for us, was a must-win game," said Beltran, who has 13 postseason homers.
CF Jon Jay, who has a highlight reel full of catches he has made, turned in what he and nearly everybody else consider his best one when he smacked into the wall to catch Washington 2B Danny Espinosa's drive in the sixth inning on Monday. Jay, who has been on base five times from his leadoff spot in the last two games, also drove in three runs.
RHP Lance Lynn made what might have been his last relief appearance of the postseason on Monday. Throwing three innings in relief of injured LHP Jaime Garcia, Lynn, an 18-game winner in the regular season, got the win, and he also might get Garcia's spot in the rotation if there is a next playoff round.
RHP Chris Carpenter will start Game 3 of the Division Series. Since recovering from July 19 nerve surgery to ease pressure on his neck and right shoulder, Carpenter has pitched well in three starts (3.71 earned run average), but he is 0-2 and the team is 0-3 in those games.
RHP Jake Westbrook, rehabbing from a pulled oblique, left the team for a few days to be his wife, Heather, who was about to deliver the couple's fourth child in Athens, Ga. General manager John Mozeliak said it's "not likely" that Westbrook, a 13-game winner, will be able to pitch in the postseason.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Cardinals regulars who did not have a hit on Monday in a 13-hit assault in the second game of the National League division series. LF Matt Holliday was 0-for-4 but scored a run.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We know this offense has the potential do this." -- Manager Mike Matheny on his team scoring 10 or more runs against Washington for the third time in just more than a week.