Matt Holliday likes Colorado.
He was on the Rockies for five seasons, of course, and has a career .359 batting average at Coors Field. So it’s probably not a surprise, especially given how hot he’s been lately, that last night was yet another big game for him.
You know, just two homers and five RBI. That kind of night.
Those five RBI made the difference in the St. Cardinals beating the Colorado Rockies 9-6 in a game that finished just after midnight Central Time thanks to a rain delay of an hour and 26 minutes.
OK, so this was just Matty’s first multi-homer game of the year. It just seems like he’s been hitting bombs all the time, right? And his second one was truly a thing of beauty. Ricky Horton expressed the giddiness we all felt as he watched the ball fly fast and far and almost look like it was going to hit the scoreboard.
The homer put the Cards up 6-5, rescuing Jake Westbrook and awarding him with his 10th win of the season. Jake flirted with disaster much of the night, with things finally coming apart in the sixth inning. He got out of earlier trouble thanks to two double plays, which are always good to see. And after that sixth inning, he was done.
That led to the Cardinals debut of Edward Mujica, who was quick and efficient and retired the side in order on 10 pitches. Difficult to do much better than that!
And then rain intensified, which led to the delay — but did provide those watching Fox Sports Midwest the opportunity to have a look back at last season’s “September to remember.” Hard to complain about that! (Anyone else miss Octavio Dotel?)
After the rain, Mitchell Boggs continued his scoreless appearance streak — upping it to 21 with a scoreless eighth. And Marc Rzepczynski finished it out, making it a little interesting by allowing a two-out homer to Josh Rutledge.
One other note from the game: David Freese extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a lead-off double in the fourth inning. And Tyler Greene tried his best to give Tara a birthday miracle home run … until Carlos Gonzalez interfered. She had to settle for a birthday RBI-double instead. Although the Holliday homers might have impressed her a little more.
And Matty is definitely the leading candidate for our August BAMF — he’s hitting .750! His on-base percentage is .800! His slugging percentage is a crazy 2.250!
He’s also in the running for July BAMF, obviously — as are two others mentioned already. Who’s our pick? Find out later today!
Tonight, the Cardinals go for the sweep of the Rockies with Lance Lynn taking on Alex White at 7:40 p.m. Central Time. It’s also the rubber game of the AMF Writers Birthday Series — they lost for Miranda, yet won for Tara. So, Wolf Pup, no pressure. It’s not like you have to throw a no-hitter or anything. Just a simple win — for me and for my birthday twin, Daniel — would be perfect. And maybe a home run too. Why let Matty (and Tara) have all the fun?
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.