It's not the Giants vs. the Dodgers, but this National League Championship matchup includes a history of bad blood between the two teams.

Just ask Will Clark, Jose Oquendo and Ozzie Smith. The youngsters can Google that threesome for an important history lesson.

In Game 2 between the Giants and Cardinals Monday at AT&T Park, Matt Holliday took a figurative baton from the recently vanquished Mat Latos to become Public Enemy No. 1 in San Francisco.

After singling with a man on and one out in the first inning, Holliday hustled from first to second to break up a potential double play. Instead of sliding well in advance of the bag, Holliday hit the ground late and collided with Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro as he tried to complete the relay throw to first.

"In hindsight I wish I had started my slide a step earlier, but you know it's happening fast," Holliday said after the Giants beat his Cardinals 7-1 to even up the best-of-seven series.

Scutaro was wincing as he detangled himself from Holliday and immediately received attention from his teammates, head trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy. After taking some time to walk around the edge of the outfield grass, Scutaro stayed in the game and exacted some revenge with a single in the bottom half of the first.