Giants' Scutaro scoots right back into line-up after injury
Scutaro suffered a strained left hip in Monday night's Game 2 win, when Cardinals' Matt Holliday drove into him with a hard slide to second base. Holliday's knockdown slide -- a slide which started after Holliday had already crossed second base -- has been the outrage du jour in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last forty or so hours.
The supposedly-dirty play can be seen at MLB.com. And the supposed victim Marco Scutaro can be seen playing for the Giants today, batting second and playing second base for today's Game 3.
Scutaro has already enjoyed one measure of revenge against Holliday and the Cardinals. The collision occurred in the first inning, then Scutaro hit a two-run single in the fourth -- with the runs scoring thanks to Hollday's fielding error. Scutaro eventually gave in to the pain and had to leave in the game in the fifth inning, but the Giants won 7-1 to tie the series.
Scutaro, for his part, does not want Giants pitchers retaliating on the Cardinals by beaning them with pitches. He has different ideas on how he wants starter Matt Cain and the Giants' bullpen to retaliate. "I want them to throw a nine-inning shutout and we win," Scutaro told the San Jose Mercury News.
Game 3 has started, and Giants pitcher Matt Cain did hit the Cardinals lead-off hitter Jon Jay with a pitch. It was, however, an accidental and low-impact beaning. You can follow the game on MLB Gameday.