For the second straight game, Greg Holland was unable to get the results he and the St. Louis Cardinals were looking for. And for the second straight game, the fans at Busch Stadium expressed their frustration with boos.
“You don’t want to get booed, perform better,” stated Holland.
Unable to get any of the four hitters he faced out, the reliever gave up a bases loaded single to Jon Jay, which drove in a pair of runs to cement the 5-1 win for Kansas City.
“I know there were some things mechanically that he found that he felt he was getting closer on,” said Mike Matheny. “There’s going to continue to be situations where we’re down and hopefully we can get him into a good place–in his own mind, confidence wise. But it’s a shame right now we can’t get him there. We’re open to doing whatever we can to figure it out.”
This was the third straight appearance that Holland allowed two or more runs.
“You’re always looking for reasons why you’re not doing as good as you can,” said Holland. “I’m feeling pretty good out there, it’s just one of those things right now everything that can go wrong is going wrong. That’s mainly my own fault, so I can’t really point any fingers as far as that goes.
“But yeah, I looked at some video. Sometimes this game, especially from the pitching side of it, one minor adjustment can mean the world of difference. You’ve actually got to know what you’re doing when you’re looking at video or it all looks the same to you anyway, it’s that miniscule sometimes.”
As he said the other night, Holland reiterated that he wouldn’t be pitching if he wasn’t healthy. The topic of a voluntary assignment to the minor leagues to work on getting right was also brought up again.
Initially, Holland said he was going home to sleep and then begin to prepare again and not worry about that kind of thing, but then did acknowledge he would “consider anything”.
Because of his service time, any option to the minor leagues would have to be approved by Holland.
–The Cardinals had 11 hits in the game, but left eight runners on base.
–For the second consecutive start, Luke Weaver pitched 7.0 innings and had a season-high eight strikeouts.
–The lone run for St. Louis was recorded as Jose Martinez stealing home. With Martinez on third, Marcell Ozuna stole second and Salvador Perez instead threw to third, which got away from Mike Moustakas and allowed Martinez to score. It was the first steal of home for the Cardinals since Pete Kozma did so in 2012 at Wrigley Field.
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