Matt Cain claims no retaliation planned, but ‘one could get away’ tonight
It’s a showdown in St. Louis.
Giants righty Matt Cain, the scheduled starter in this afternoon’s Game 3 of the NLCS, made that very clear today with his remarks about Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday.
Holliday caused a stir on Monday when he took out second baseman Marco Scutaro with a late—and, in the eyes of most, dirty—slide in a loss to the Giants.
Cain stopped short of saying he planned to bean Holliday in Game 3, but he left the door wide open for interpretation of his statement:
Cain said he won’t be timid about throwing inside to Holliday, but only as part of plan to get him out. “If one gets away, one gets away.”
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) October 16, 2012
Cain’s comments could have been cause for consternation in manager Bruce Boche‘s office, as they could be cause to throw him out of the game if he does in fact hit Holliday.
Scutaro, a former Red Sox shortstop before moving on to Houston and eventually San Francisco this year, did enjoy some small measure of revenge as he contributed a two-run single in the fourth inning before leaving the game.
Be sure to keep an eye on Cain in Wednesday’s game—it could get interesting, especially when Holliday’s at the plate.