Check out this rocket of a home run that Matt Holliday hit last night against Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa:
Hello, exit velocity. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the ball traveled an estimated 467 feet. That’s the second-longest home run in the history of the new Busch Stadium. Holliday actually holds the record with this 469-foot blast against the Cubs on July 20, 2012.
Holliday’s first-inning blast gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. That was more than enough for Adam Wainwright, who tossed eight innings of one-run ball for his 18th victory of the season.
It was understandable if you forgot about it given that it happened hours and hours before the end of the game, but Gio Gonzalez left in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS after coming down funny on his ankle while fielding a ball in play.
While Gonzalez attempted to stay in the game after that it was clear that he was not right, so the Brewers went to the bullpen. After the game, it was clear why he wasn’t right: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gonzalez had a high ankle sprain and that it was likely he would be replaced on the roster with another pitcher.
This may actually benefit Milwaukee in the very short term given that Milwaukee used six relievers last night, so there will be a fresh arm on staff for Game 5 tonight. It does mean, however, that Gonzalez’ season is over, as a player replaced due to injury in one playoff series is required to sit out the next one. If the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez will not be available no matter how he is health, wise.
Counsell did not say which pitcher will replace Gonzalez on the roster. We’ll find out for sure later today. Among the possibilities are Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jordan Lyles and Matt Albers.