ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's been called his wedding proposal swing. It's been called crazy, uncanny and several other things.
And Adrian Beltre broke it out again in clubbing a Chris Carpenter curveball over the left field wall in the sixth inning to erase a one-run Cardinals lead and help Texas pull within one win of clinching this World Series with a 4-2 Game 5 triumph Monday night.
In launching into the breaking pitch, Beltre got so low in his swing that his right knee was actually on the ground when he connected.
"I don't know, I can't explain it," Beltre said. "It's been a bad habit since the minor leagues."
That's many years worth of bad habits, being that Beltre is completing his 14th season in the majors with this World Series.
"I was trying to find a pitch up in the strike zone and put a good swing on it," Beltre said. "I know that Carpenter is not a guy who leaves a lot of things up. But he threw me a couple of breaking balls in the at-bat before that I was able to see, so when I saw him throw me another breaking ball. ..."
Ka-boom! Indeed, Beltre saw two curveballs in his fourth-inning at-bat, which resulted in a ground ball to third base. The curve on which he feasted in the sixth was a 75 m.p.h. breaking ball Carpenter left up.
And Beltre went down, to a knee.
"I don't know anyone else in the game who can do that," Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We've seen highlight after highlight. I don't know where it came from.
"He doesn't practice it in the cage."