(BaseballStL) -- Game 4 of the National League Division Series will always be remembered as the “Michael Wacha game”. A historically good performance by the Cardinals pitcher deserves that title. But as good as Wacha was, and he was dominant, the Cardinals would have still lost that game and been eliminated if not for the two run homer by Matt Holliday.
Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle insisted that he wasn’t pitching around Carlos Beltran, when Beltran was walked to lead-off the 6th. Beltran has been the Cardinals hottest hitter in the series.
Holliday said “I would be surprised if they were pitching around him with no outs. We were looking for ways to get runners on base. I don’t take that personally or anything. I’m glad Carlos was on base. If I can get on base, we’ve got something brewing.”
For Holliday, it was his ninth career postseason home run and first since October 5 of last year against Atlanta. He’ll be facing Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Holliday was 0 for 4 in that game with two strikeouts, while facing Cole for the first time in his career. “At least we’ve had some at bats off of him now. You know what his fastball looks like. You know what his slider looks like. That does help a little bit, but you still have to go out there and have good at bats and execute,” said Holliday.
Game 5 will mark the sixth winner take all postseason game over the last three years for the Cardinals. That’s twice as many as any other team. Holliday says the situation won’t rattle the Cardinals.
“A lot of us have been in situations like that, which is always helpful to have experience, but for Michael to come out and pitch that like in his first time pitching the postseason is a testament to him. Our team has handled these types of situations in the past really well. The organization, and its passed down as players become part of the organization, you expect to be in these situations and go out and perform.”