If Matt Holliday gets plunked, it won't be because Bruce Bochy called for it. It didn't take long for the NLCS to provide some on- and off-the-field drama. In the first inning of Game 2, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday barreled into Marco Scutaro, breaking up a double play that would have ended the inning. Scutaro was visibly shaken up and there have been questions about the legality and ethical soundness of Holliday's slide.
"I don't think there was intent to hurt someone. But it was late," Bochy said when he was asked this morning about the slide. Holliday was clearly going for more than just second base, as his body continued past the bag and into Scutaro. But the Giants skipper doesn't believe in retaliation, claiming he has never called for a batter to be hit in his 18-year career as a manager. "You hate to see what happened. What's important is we keep our focus and try to win a ballgame," preached Bochy.
Scutaro has been cleared to play and is in the starting lineup against the Cardinals in Game 3, with Matt Cain squaring off against Kyle Lohse.