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Another in a line of Holliday game-winners

On Saturday, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hit his team-best sixth last at-bat game-winning hit since joining the club.

Matt Holliday (AP photo/Tom Mihalek)Heading into the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday for the St. Louis Cardinals against Colorado Rockies reliever Franklin Morales, pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz amazingly drew a walk, just his fourth in 125 plate appearances since joining the club. Colby Rasmus also took a free pass to put two on with no out.

Matt Holliday‘s single to right field coupled with an error by outfielder Ryan Spilborghs enabled Feliz to reverse field on the basepaths and barely score ahead of the tag. That enabled the Cardinals to edge the Rockies, 1-0, in the second-to-last contest of the season and extend their too-little, too-late winning streak to four games.

Holliday took a lot of heat early in the season for a low average with runners in scoring position, causing some to label him “non-clutch.” With a larger number of at-bats, that balanced out as the season progressed, now at .273.

In fact, Holliday leads the entire National League with 50 two-out RBI. Further, Holliday is just one behind NL leader Jayson Werth of Philadelphia with 45 doubles this season.

To put his Saturday feat into perspective, since becoming a Cardinal last July 24th, Holliday has 50 percent more last at-bat game-winning hits for the Cardinals than his nearest competitor, Albert Pujols, six to four. Holliday has 23 percent of the club’s most recent 26 such hits.

Last at-bat game-winning hits, St. Louis Cardinals, 07/24/09 to present

6 Holliday
4 Pujols
3 Rasmus
2 Ludwick Ryan Schumaker Lopez Molina
1 Stavinoha Ankiel DeRosa

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above data.

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