Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is a slow base runner who has had his work ethic questioned multiple times over the last year and a half. St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is both a clever and talented defensive player. The Dodgers, who had nothing but good luck earlier this season, are having nothing but bad luck at this late stage in the schedule. These three factors combined for a Josh Beckett ground out to right field that led off the third inning of a 1-1 game that the Cardinals went on to win 2-1.
Oh, how much Boston Red Sox fans must miss him*.
Los Angeles now falls to 7.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants for the National League West Division title, and two full games behind the second Wild Card holding Cardinals. The two teams continue their four game series tonight with rookie Joe Kelly taking the mound for St. Louis against his counterpart for the Dodgers, the veteran Chris Capuano.
Godspeed, Los Angeles. Godspeed.
*It should be noted that this GIF does Beckett no favors at all. We only see him pull up, but he was moving prior to the throw, probably as fast as Beckett is capable of moving, which is to say not very fast, but not without at least some measure of effort.