4/22/2014 11:31 P.M. ET
Holliday's homer-robbing snag looms large
By Danny Knobler / Special to MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday is known for hitting home runs, not for robbing them. But when Holliday made the play of the day in the Cardinals' 3-0 over the Mets on Tuesday, it was with a glove rather than a bat.
Holliday reached over the left-field fence to turn a Chris Young deep fly ball into the first out of the fifth inning. The Cardinals led, 2-0, at the time, and the Mets had a runner on base -- if Holliday hadn't caught the ball, the game would have been tied.
Holliday wasn't playing very deep on Young, but the ball was hit high in the air, so he went back to the fence thinking he'd have a chance at it.
"It carried more than I thought it would," Holliday said. "It's one of those things where you go back and give it a shot."
On the mound, pitcher Adam Wainwright was trying to help.
"I started talking to the ball -- 'Stay down, ball!'" Wainwright said.
It stayed far enough down for Holliday to reach it. It ended up as the play of the game, and also as an example of what the Cardinals believe is Holliday's improved defense in the outfield.
"I just like his aggressiveness defensively right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "As soon as that ball came off the bat, you could tell he was planning to do something."
Holliday did something, and he kept the Mets from scoring. They never did score, and the Cardinals won.
Scuffling Bourjos out of lineup in favor of Jay
NEW YORK -- With the Cardinals struggling to score runs, manager Mike Matheny is looking for anyone who can change things while becoming less patient with those who aren't hitting.
So Jon Jay was back in center field on Tuesday night against the Mets, and Peter Bourjos was out of the lineup for the third time in four games.
Bourjos entered play Tuesday hitless in eight at-bats since an infield single last Tuesday in Milwaukee, dropping his average to .190 and his on-base percentage to .261. Jay, who has a .341 on-base percentage, entered Tuesday with eight hits on the road trip.
"I'm trying to get the guys in there that are taking good at-bats," Matheny said. "Peter Bourjos is going to get opportunities. Right now, we've got to get something going."
Matheny said he spoke with Bourjos.
"I'm just trying to find his swing, like about half our lineup," Matheny said. "He's got the right approach. He's trying to stay through the ball. He's just finding himself in deep counts and trying to hit tough pitches. It doesn't usually work out for anybody."
Matheny indicated that Bourjos would be in the lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Lyons to continue filling in for injured Kelly
NEW YORK -- Tyler Lyons' first start of the season was good enough to earn him a second one.
Lyons, filling in for the injured Joe Kelly, allowed two runs in six innings in Monday's 2-0 loss to the Mets. He's scheduled to start again on Saturday against the Pirates.
"I didn't do a good job after the game giving him credit for the job he did," manager Mike Matheny said. "He did a terrific job. He easily could have walked out of there with a zero [runs allowed], and a no-decision at worst."
Lyons was still upset by a throwing error that set up the Mets' second run.
"I think, overall, it wasn't terrible," he said. "But there were just a few things that frustrated me. You never want to beat yourself."
Taveras sits out Triple-A game as precaution
NEW YORK -- Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras was out of the lineup Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis, but really, the news isn't nearly as bad as it sounds.
First of all, it's Taveras' left ankle, not the right one that required surgery last August and slowed him during Spring Training. Also, the 21-year-old simply twisted the ankle this time while coming out of the box after a base hit late in Monday night's game.
With an 11:05 a.m. CT game Tuesday, the Cardinals decided it was best to give Taveras the day off. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, who is in Memphis, described it as "precautionary," and he said that Taveras is day to day.
Taveras is hitting .299 with an .849 OPS through 18 games with the Redbirds.
• Kolten Wong was back in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday, after Mark Ellis started at second base Monday. Wong went into the game with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats.
"My swing feels good," Wong said. "I feel comfortable, confident and ready to go."
• Matheny was very excited about the way Eric Fornataro pitched in his Major League debut Monday, when he worked a perfect eighth inning.
"It was a great first outing," Matheny said. "That's a tough spot for a guy making a debut, in a game we're still in."
• Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single on Tuesday, drawing him within two of his career-best 15-game streak in 2007.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.