Holliday’s blast a good sign for Cardinals

Holliday’s blast a good sign for Cardinals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates in the dugout after he hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 12:03 PM

(BaseballStL) -- With one swing, Matt Holliday released all frustration from a 0-for-13 skid on a Ricky Nolasco 92-mph fastball in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday.

“I don't look at it like that,” Holliday said. “If you're constantly, as a hitter, just looking at the results, it's frustrating. It's a terribly frustrating skill. The way I've looked at it. I've actually had good at‑bats, I feel good. My swing feels good”.

After he popped out in foul territory against Nolasco in his first at-bat, Holliday smacked a 426-foot home run to left field to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead in the third inning. It was his first home run and runs batted in since Game 4 of the NLDS against Pittsburgh.

“It was one pitch, middle‑in, and I got the barrel to it,” Holliday said. “He had pitched me in the at‑bat before and I popped up so I had an idea that he might try to come in, and I wanted to try to get the bat head a little bit further out front, and I was able to do that.”

It also scored the winning run in the 4-2 victory over the Dodgers.

Asked whether he has clubbed one deeper in batting practice, Holliday replied, “I think I hit one here at Dodger Stadium in '06. I think that they said went a lot further. I don't know what the number was today. Yeah, I got it good. Have I hit further ones? Maybe, but not in that kind of situation.”

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