(BaseballStL) -- Coming into Monday night's game against the Mets, Matt Holliday was sitting on 999 career RBI, he had just gained two more Sunday night with a home run and sacrifice fly.
It took five more innings into Monday night's action for him to reach 1,000, but that RBI turned out to be the winning run over the Mets.
Jon Jay hit a double into the right field gap, sliding safely into second and putting himself into scoring position for Holliday. And the Stillwater Stinger delivered an single to score Jay.
"It's a great accomplishment," Mike Matheny said, "When he came in, he was king of thinking about it a little bit. He's pretty stoic most of the time. But I mentioned something to him and he had a big smile."
Holliday now has 463 RBI as a Cardinal which ranks just 32nd all time. Stan Musial holds the top spot with 1,951. Althought Holliday has surpassed Yadier Molina for the second most RBI hit at Busch Stadium III with 252 (Molina has 250) while Albert Pujols holds that record with 356.
"He's a baseball fan, he loves the game," Matheny added, "He realizes that there's not a lot of people to reach a milestone like that."
The 34-year-old left fielder is on pace for just 79 RBI this season, but he's been notorious for a hotter bat as the weather in turn gets warmer. The most he's ever hit in one season is 137 in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies.