(BaseballStL) – Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joked with the media after Sunday’s game about Matt Holliday’s contributions at the plate in their 9-6 win.
“I love when guys do what they have always done when people seem to forget every year,” he said with a wry smile, “He’s an elite player. He continues to find ways to get it done no matter what. He’s leading us.”
In the fourth inning, Holliday blasted his third home run in four at-bats 432 feet into center. Doesn’t seem like anyone could forget that.
The home run was the Redbirds’ first run of the game as they were down 5-1. Holliday added another RBI, this time a double, to score Matt Carpenter and pull the Cardinals even closer in the game.
“Next thing you know, you’re within a run,” Holliday said, “You get a big hit and all of a sudden you’ve got a chance to win the game.”
In the seventh inning, Holliday was hit on his elbow, but the left fielder stayed in the game as the game was knotted at six.
“He’s been hit a bunch of times,” Matheny added, “I’m sure he doesn’t feel perfect. He leads by going out there all the time and making plays. Matt’s been a warrior in that department.”
And staying in the game worked out in the Cardinals favor with the bases loaded and two outs. Carlos Villanueva threw a pitch up and in that Holliday ducked to avoid. He then took the next pitch and hammered it back at Villanueva as it bounced off his foot and scored Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso for the Cardinals’ first lead that they wouldn’t give up.
“Every day is a battle,” Holliday said, “You’re just trying to find ways to help the team win, whether it’s defense or base running. You still run out there and try to find a way.”
Trevor Rosenthal made Holliday’s winning RBI stand with his 40th save of the season.
The Brewers lost to the San Francisco Giants Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals pull even with the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.