The San Francisco Giants tied the series with a win in Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, however, the team may lose a big vocal part of the team in Marco Scutaro after a pure baseball play by the Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday.
In the first inning of the game, the Cardinals were threatening and on a possible double play hit to the shortstop Brandon Crawford, Holliday slid into second very hard on Scutaro taking him out completely and causing the play to be off just a second. Scutaro came up lame and in obvious pain in his rib section. Scutaro survived a few more innings before being replaced by Ryan Theriot.
Scutaro got X-rays and they were negative. Scutaro will go for an MRI, but the team is hopeful that he will be able to play Wednesday in Game 3.
The play was very controversial as Holliday slid over the bag to head right into Scutaro taking him out. It was a very aggressive baseball play and did not have purpose connotations. Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong did not retaliate when Holliday got another at-bat. That was the right move. Holliday did hear it from the Giants faithful at AT&T Park.
Scutaro finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Giants and Cardinals will continue the series at Busch Stadium Wednesday when Matt Cain will take on Kyle Lohse. Hopefully, for the Giants, Scutaro’s injury is not too severe and that the team will have in back in the lineup. He is a player that Giants cannot afford to lose at this point of the season.
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