Matt Holliday was an MVP candidate at one point this season, as he was hitting .320/.404/.543 with 19 home runs at the trade deadline. Since the deadline: .252/.336/.417 with eight homers in 218 at-bats. So that should make Kris Medlen feel better.
Or not. Holliday took a 1-2 pitch deep, and it wasn't exactly an easy pitch to hit. Medlen threw a fastball right on the inside corner, but Holliday caught up with it and had enough bat speed to drive it to left, easily keeping it fair.
This is the first time Medlen has given up four runs since July 7, 2010 against the Phillies, though only two of the runs for this game are earned. He's looked sharp at time, but it's starting to look like the Cardinals have a bunch of good hitters. Who'd've thunk it?
The Braves are 0-5 in elimination games at Turner Field. They'll have to get to the Cardinals' bullpen if they want to push that to 1--5, as Kyle Lohse left the game with a runner on first and two outs in the sixth.