2012 NLCS: 4 Players Who Must Step Up Big for St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4

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2012 NLCS: 4 Players Who Must Step Up Big for St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4
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Jason Motte and Yadier Molina celebrate Game 3 win

The St. Louis Cardinals patiently waited out the rain and then efficiently finished off the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 with a 3-1 win. As has been their custom, the Cards had another unlikely member play hero. This time, it was rookie Matt Carpenter, whose go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning was the difference.

Carpenter's home run ultimately made a winner out of Kyle Lohse, who was not razor sharp, but managed to wriggle out of jams time after time before exiting after 5 2/3 innings of one run ball. This was despite allowing a season high five walks and seven hits. Lohse out-dueled Matt Cain of the Giants, who went 6 2/3 solid innings but allowed the three runs on six hits.

As the series moves to the critical fourth game, not all is well for the Cardinals though. Carlos Beltran exited the game due to an unspecified knee injury after running out a double play ball in the first inning. Ironically, it was Carpenter who entered for Beltran and provided the heroics in his normal spot. But going into tomorrow night's match-up, it is not for certain Beltran will be able to play. Here are four players who will need to step up in his potential absence for St. Louis to win.

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