SAN FRANCISCO (BaseballStL) – Matt Holliday may have added some spice to the National League Championship Series against the Giants with a hard slide to break up a double play in the first inning in Game 2.
The slide broke up a potential double play that started with a ball hit by Allen Craig to shortstop Brandon Crawford who threw the ball to second baseman Marco Scutaro, who was covering second base. Holliday, who weighs 235 pounds and stands 6’4”, appeared to slide late and overly aggressive into Scutaro, who weighs 185 pounds and is 5’10”. The play kept the inning alive with runners on the corners and two outs.
The next batter, Yadier Molina, grounded out to Crawford to end the inning.
Shortly following the play, the Cardinals official Twitter account (@Cardinals) tweeted “Matt Holliday with a tremendous break up slide to keep the inning alive. Cardinals on the corners with two outs.”
Personally, I am not sure if the word “tremendous” is the correct word to describe the play. Thankfully, Scutaro was able to stay in the game although it appeared to fire up the Giants in the bottom half of the inning when Angel Pagan led off the inning with a home run.
I am not sure how the play will play out for the rest of this series considering it is the playoffs, but one could argue that Holliday would see a pitch at his ribs if it was during the regular season.
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