Matt Holliday's got a hand injury. He says it's fine and Tony La Russa's been writing Holliday's name on the lineup card every day. But the injury's still there.
Coming into Game 4, Holliday hadn't hit a home run in more than a month; to be exact, the 6th of September.
The streak is dead, but just barely. In the bottom of the second, Holliday reached out and poked a Randy Wolf change-up high and deep down the right-field line and -- to the surprise of Holliday and everyone else, and thanks to the wind and perhaps his will -- the ball fell into the first row of seats, a dozen feet fair. You know, like this:
Yadier Molina, next up, went to the same spot but on a bounce, and jogged to second base on the automatic double.
Batting eighth, Jon Jay hit a grounder straight to Prince Fielder, who tagged Jay while Molina held at third. And Wolf escaped the inning by striking out Kyle Lohse. So the error didn't hurt, but the wind-aided pop fly did.