The wall in straight away centerfield at Busch Stadium is 400 feet away from home plate and on Friday night, Matt Holliday launched a home run an extra 35 feet past the wall high onto the grassy hill.
“I hit that ball good, yeah,” admitted Holliday with a smile. “I mean that ball had good back spin. That’s a good sign, when I’m hitting the ball towards the grass and landing the ball on the grass. That’s a good sign.”
Holliday’s home run marked the 1000th run scored of his career and he also added his 400th double in the game.
“It’s cool–I’ve played with a lot of great players who’ve driven me in a lot of times,” said Holliday, subtly noting there’s not really anything to take home to commemorate the occasion.
The double came in the first inning–the first look at live pitching in nearly a week due to the All-Star break.
“It can be good and bad–from a timing standpoint, sometimes it can be tough,” said Holliday. “As far as the freshness from getting some time to rest and allow your hands and your arms that you put so much time in the cage and taking extra swings in, sometimes you come back feeling refreshed.”
In his career, Matt has recorded his highest batting average in the month of July (.326) and last year he batted .348 in the second half of the season.
LYNN CATCHES 11th
–Making his team-leading 20th start of the season, Lance Lynn went 6+ innings and allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 9 and walking four to earn his 11th win.
Faced with eight days in between starts and teammates scattering during the All-Star break, the right-hander didn’t have a problem finding someone to play catch with every day.
“I’ve got an All-American wife that played All-American shortstop at Ole Miss–I’m gonna be all right when ever it comes to playing to catch,” laughed Lynn.
It was the third time this season Lynn struck out at least 9 batters.
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