Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/17/12

After the Cardinals' Matt Holliday wiped out Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro with a hard slide in Monday night's San Francisco win, the Giants were emphatic in saying they thought Holliday was out of line.

Holliday slid all the way across second base and pulled Scutaro down in a near tackle when trying to break up a double play. While Holliday said after the game that he didn't mean any harm, the Giants were upset and called the slide illegal. Scutaro had to leave the game with a hip injury (although he did get some revenge with a timely hit -- through Holliday's legs -- before leaving).
Going into Wednesday night's Game 3, the question is whether the Giants will take their gripes onto the field and give the Cardinals some payback for roughing up their second baseman.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy denied any retaliation Tuesday, saying the team hopes to have Scutaro back and will move on from the Game 2 incident, according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast Sportsnet.
But when Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was asked about payback -- which would most likely come from a well-placed pitch -- he gave an answer that was sure to leave the door open for those who would like to see some retaliation.

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

While Cain appears to be echoing what Bochy said, his admitting ahead of time that he may get wild is going to raise some eyebrows. Cain, who threw a perfect game earlier this year, can generally keep the ball over the plate. He walked only 51 batters this year.
And Cain hinting about an intentional beaning could also cause problems for the Giants if a pitch did get away, as the umpires would then have reason to toss Cain from the game.
Losing a pitcher of Cain's caliber in a tight NLCS matchup would be far worse damage than anything the Giants could do to make Holliday think twice about another hard slide.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What does Tevin Coleman’s return mean for Devonta Freeman?

Antonio Cromartie: Odell Beckham Jr. a ‘one hit wonder’

Thompson fires shots at Clippers: ‘Didn’t they lose to the Rockets?’

'Sell high' and 'buy low' fantasy candidates

Marshawn Lynch ruled out by Seahawks for Week 5

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs


Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Dept. of Player Safety inconsistent with discipline?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia

UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

WATCH: Prince Fielder wipes out trying to climb over dugout railing

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

What’s wrong with Ohio State’s offense?

Weeden: ‘I don’t need a 12-yr-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker