ST. LOUIS (BaseballSTL) - Coming off a 7-1 beatdown from the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday were trying to move on from Matt Holliday's hard slide into Marco Scutaro.
Holiday's slide in the first inning to break up a double play was the cause of controversy and perhaps some jawing between the two teams.
"We play this game with intensity and with passion. If we didn't, I wouldn't expect anyone to show up or watch," Cardinals' Manager Mike Matheny said during a press conference Tuesday. "That's how we go about playing the game. We try to do it the right way, within the rules. It was just a player trying to make a hard play for his team and ended up getting another player in a tough spot. You hate to see another player get hurt but that's how it worked out and we have to move forward."
Matheny said the play is not having an effect on Holliday's psyche.
"These guys are pros, they've been in these situations before," Matheny said. "I know he was concerned about Scutaro's health and he tried to reach out over there. If he had to do it over again he wouldn't slide quite so late. Matt wasn't trying to hurt him, he was just trying to help his team."
The Giants are sending ace Matt Cain to the hill to face Cardinals right hander Kyle Lohse. Lohse was dominant at Busch Stadium this season, going 8-1 with a stellar 2.33 ERA. Cain was very good away from AT&T Park. He finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and a 3.56 ERA.
"I'm pretty excited, it's good to get another opportunity," Lohse said. "I feel comfortable here at home, good in front of the home crowd. I'm just trying to do the things I have been doing all year, just keeping it simple like that."
Game 3 of the NLCS starts at 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday.