Posted by: Jeremy | October 9, 2009

The goat

Matt Holliday, etching his name in post-season lore

Matt Holliday, etching his name in post-season lore

I went to the gym last night, leaving with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth of the Cardinals-Dodgers game with St. Louis holding a 2-1 lead. Bad timing on my part, you could say. Anyway, I came hold to find Matt “the new Buckner” Holliday had taken the rest of the night off too, misplaying an easy game-ender to spark a Dodgers rally that ended in a 3-2 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Holliday, who homered to give the Cards a 1-0 lead in the second, attempted to catch James Loney’s looper with his jock strap but had little luck. Loney reached second and was run for by Juan Pierre, who scored on Ronnie Belliard’s single two batters later. After a Russell Martin walk, Mark Loretta drove home the winner on a bases-loaded single.

I’ll tell you, if I was a Cards fan, I’d still be in bed now. One out away from splitting in Los Angeles and heading home with momentum, they now find themselves having to win three straight against the NL’s best team to advance. Yikes…

Anyway, elsewhere in playoff action, the Rockies hung on to beat the Phillies 5-4 to send the series back to Colorado at a game apiece. Also, the Angels rode seven-plus shutout innings from John Lackey to a 5-0 win over the Red Sox in the opener of their series. A roided-up David Ortiz struck out three times for Boston.

On tap today: Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.03) and the Twins face A.J. “big game” Burnett (12-9, 4.04) at 6:07 and Josh Beckett (17-6, 3.86) and the Red Sox face Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.75) and the Angels at 9:37.



  1. tracking back The goat… tracking back The goat…

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