During the 7th inning of Thursday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina had a baseball get stuck to his chest protector.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the weird sight - a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector, in plain view of everybody except him.
Molina said he had no idea how Cecil's pitch bounced into his protector and clung to it Thursday against the Cubs. There are no rules against the move. None of them seemed particularly surprised and assumed that Molina was simply using a sticky substance to get a better grip on the ball, given the blustery conditions.
"Do I put anything on my chest protector?"
'Molina repeated "I don't know" when asked about the mystery ball.
Molina laughed it off, but things turned serious as Cecil walked former Cardinal Jon Jay and then gave up a three-run homer to Kyle Schwarber as the Cubs jumped in front 5-4. We had a saying when I was over there - "Never seen it" - that definitely came into effect. It's hard to steal bases and go from first to third when you can't get on base in the first place.
That's a really good sign, I think. Molina went to his knees to block the ball and the ball stuck to his chest protector. But Molina restored a three-run lead in the Cardinals' half of the fifth on a sacrifice fly. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, who missed all of past year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2015, left with the lead after 5 1/3 solid innings.
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"I know, right?" said Schwarber, laughing, after reaching base seven times in 14 plate appearances this week, with a double, three walks and the big home run.
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Lance Lynn lasted 5 1/3 innings on the mound for the Cardinals, giving up five hits and two earned runs.
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While the incident may have been amusing, it opened the door to the Cubs taking the lead.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Andrew Triggs pitched into the sixth inning for his second major league win, Ryon Healy homered to cap a four-run third and Oakland beat Los Angeles for an opening four-game split.