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Dodgers stay alive in Game 5
Vintage Zack Greinke didn't show up for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but no matter -- Adrian Gonzalez & Co. finally got to the St. Louis Cardinals' pitchers, tagging them for four home runs in a season-saving 6-4 win. Now the National League Championship Series heads back to St. Louis, where the Cardinals -- haunted by memories of last season's collapse from a 3-1 NLCS lead and the notion of facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 -- need one more win. Will they get it?
We'd never fault a player for going all-out in the playoffs, but Matt Holliday might have crossed a line in taking out Marco Scutaro in Monday night's loss to the Giants. Scutaro had to leave the game as a result of Holliday's hard slide, which Giants manager Bruce Bochy called "illegal." You can see video of the slide above -- was it simply a hard play that saved an out, or something more?
Which team wins Game 3?
The Giants weren't deterred by Holliday's hard play -- they took care of the Cardinals rather handily.
The Yankees have no problem with Robinson Cano playing in the All-Star Game Tuesday night, but they wouldn't let him compete in Monday's Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). Kind of says something about which one is more intense, no?
The days of Pete Rose running over Ray Fosse in the All-Star Game are long gone, even with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line, but it's tough for players to dial down the effort in the hitting contest without incurring some nationally-televised embarrassment. From Mark McGwire bypassing the Green Monster to Bobby Abreu launching 41 home runs in the 2005 event and Josh Hamilton blasting 28 in a single round two years ago, Monday has arguably been the more memorable part of the All-Star festivities in recent years.
Matt Holliday hit .353 with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Cardinals in 63 regular-season games this season. He hit a home run in the top of the second inning against the Dodgers that gave his team a 1-0 lead Thursday. And now he may rank somewhere behind Sean Payton, Dan Gladden and Bill Bidwill on the list of most popular sports figures in St. Louis.
Holliday's ninth-inning, two-out error gave the Dodgers new life and paved the way for their eventual 3-2 win. Holliday said he lost it in the lights. Adam Wainwright suggested it might have been the nefarious white towels fans in Dodger Stadium were waving (in Los Angeles, we would have thought the red glare of brake lights from fans beating traffic would have been a bigger issue). Either way, his name now lives in infamy ... sort of.
But given how much of a role he played in getting the Cardinals to this point, and how utterly humiliating an error it was, would you rip Holliday if he played for your favorite team?
It's not all matt holidays fault, he hit a homer and with 2 outs in the 9th missed a semi-routine play. So what, your closer should be able to turn around and get the next guy out, all he had to do was get two guys out... Which brings up the next point, matt kemp did the same exact thing by hitting a homer early and later making a foolish mistake in the 9th of game 1. But the difference was broxton cleaning up the mess before it got out of hand.” -- capraco
All Wain-O was doing by talking about the towels was protecting Holliday... if anyone could've dragged the ball club into finger-pointing and dissention... it was Wain-O... but he didn't... he blamed the towels... the inocuous towels... that's a class-act of a team-mate... bc you know he wanted to punch Holliday in the gut for that drop.” -- partofwhatswrong