(KSDK Sports) -- Throughout the regular season and most of the playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals could be counted on not to beat themselves. After all, they set franchise records for fewest errors and best fielding percentage in a season.
There are errors and then there are misplays, though, and a few of the latter on Monday may have exposed some chinks in the Cardinals' defensive armor.
Entering Game 3 with a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series and ace starter Adam Wainwright on the mound, St. Louis failed to keep the pressure on the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose 3-0 victory behind Hyun-Jin Ryu's masterful pitching breathed new life into their chances.
The game's key play had nothing to do with those elements. Center fielder Jon Jay, having a rough series, failed to take over on Mark Ellis' drive to right-center leading off the fourth, letting it fall between him and right fielder Carlos Beltran for a double that sparked a two-run rally. They were the Dodgers' first runs after a 22-inning scoreless drought.
"That's a play I have to make,'' said Jay, who also failed to snag a tougher drive off his glove by A.J. Ellis that went for a triple. "I'm the center fielder. I have to take charge.''