10/26/07 2:27 AM ET
Holliday's flawless game is a bit off base
4-for-4 performance at plate tarnished by late Papelbon pickoff
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"I wanted to cry."Holliday was quick to make it clear that he was only joking. "Nah, it's part of the game," he said. The National League champs will get that opportunity starting Saturday night with Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at Coors Field. Holliday's first-inning single off Curt Schilling led to Willy Taveras' run, the leadoff man having been hit by a Schilling pitch. Helton cashed him in with an infield out, but Holliday was left at third.
That was the sum total of the Rockies' attack. Holliday led off the fourth with a single but moved no farther. He singled with one out in the sixth, making him 3-for-3 against Schilling, but was left at third.Then came the eighth. Papelbon got ahead in the count with two fastballs, but Holliday sent him sprawling with a bullet through the box for his fourth hit. Papelbon's quick, decisive move erased the final Colorado baserunner. "Our pitchers pitched well," Holliday said. "We're frustrated we were not able to score more than one run. We just couldn't scratch out the three runs we needed. "They defended their home field. Now we have to defend ours."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.