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GIF: Mark Ellis slide takes out entire Cardinal middle infield in Game 5

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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LOS ANGELES -- First, know that Pete Kozma of the Cardinals completed the third-inning double play attempt about to be witnessed. It turned out to be a critical one, as Adrian Gonzalez homered in the next at-bat. Second, observe that Mark Ellis's takeout slide, while not a success in terms of breaking up the DP, was in another regard a towering triumph. That's because Mark Ellis's takeout slide felled all members of the Cardinals' middle infield ...

Excelsior!

It's of course possible that Matt Carpenter took a tumble on purpose because he wanted cool dirty pants like his buddy Petey, but we'll give all involved the benefit of the doubt.

(Wink of CBS eye: Mike Petriello)

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