(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.”