Matt Holliday seems to be finally heating up and becoming the player the front office hoped he would be when the signed him over the winter. He contributed three RBIs to the Cardinals cause Saturday against Oakland while Jason Motte came to the rescue of Ryan Franklin in the ninth inning to help the Birds beat the Athletics 4-3.
Holliday, who had only 25 RBIs this season through 63 games now has six in the last two contests... And he has contributed five hits including two homers -- one in each game -- in the Oakland series as he raised his batting average to .295.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hits a double in the fifth to put his team ahead 2-1. He later hit a homer to make the score 4-1. AP Photo.
Adam Wainwright made the start and held the A's to one run on five hits and a walk in eight innings pitched. I'm not really sure why manager Tony La Russa didn't send him out for the ninth inning when he was still pitching well and he had racked up only 100 pitches thrown. But, with a 4-1 lead La Russa brought in Franklin to close and it all went downhill from there. A walk and two hits later, it was 4-2 with the tying run on base and no one out.
Enter Motte who gave up a hit and a fly ball to center in between a pair of strikeouts to end the game with the tying run stranded on second base. It was his second save of the year. Motte, who is still just as aggressive lately but seems much more composed and focused than he did earlier this season, has gone from the bullpen's biggest question mark in April to it's most reliable righthanded option in June.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday was 2-for-4 with a homer a double and three RBIs.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Motte's game ending strikeout.
Lowlight: Franklin's meltdown.