Stuck out! Ball clings to Molina, Cubs rally past Cardinals

Stuck out! Ball clings to Molina, Cubs rally past Cardinals

Molina said he had no idea how Cecil's pitch bounced into his protector and clung to it Thursday against the Cubs.

Whatever happened, it sure made for unusual situation at Busch Stadium. Eventually, it led to a 4-run rally for the Cubs.

Schwarber jumped on the first pitch from Cecil, deposited way back into the right field bleachers, and the Cubs didn't look back. 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. He had such a hard time finding the ball, the runner who swung at it advanced to first base.

Also, you might be wondering why Molina looks frustrated. The Gold Glove catcher could only smile and fans in sellout crowd roared - really, who'd ever seen such a thing?

And yet the Cardinals said repeatedly, in effect, "I know nothing!" - summoning images of the great Sergeant Schultz from "Hogan's Heroes" and perhaps unnecessarily raising suspicions around baseball about their methods. "I don't know what happened".

"Catchers like to put pine tar on their shin guards and throw balls to second base and get a good feeling", Schwarber said.

Molina was the victim of one of these weird bloopers recently.

There is, however, one player Molina has been unable to stop on the bases: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

All this came after John Lackey had what we might call "the typical Lackey first inning", though some of it wasn't his fault.

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For what it's worth, Molina didn't care for a question about the incident after the game, which the Cardinals lost. To make matters worse, Kyle Schwarber hit a home run during the next at-bat to drive Szczur home.

The Cubs were able to scratch a run across in the fifth inning on a Jon Jay single scoring Jason Heyward.

LOS ANGELES - Yasiel Puig crushed a pair of home runs, Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings, and Los Angeles blew out San Diego.

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn went 5 1-3 innings in his first appearance since October 2, 2015. The lead runner was able to reach base on a dropped third strike.

Justin Bour doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning after the Marlins erased two leads against a shaky Nationals bullpen, and Miami earned its first win of the season by beating Washington 4-3 Thursday night.

NEW YORK - Matt Harvey dominated with a fastball in the mid-90 miles per hour range and uncommon efficiency in his return from major surgery, beating Atlanta and giving New York hope his injury woes are behind him.

Oh, how we have missed Kyle Schwarber home runs. Cecil faced four more batters in the seventh, and it did not go well: walk, home run, walk, single. (Not on that hit, though.) This was Jay's first start of the year and he made the most of hit, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The Royals were outscored 14-0 in the seventh inning in the series.

Addison Russell's RBI groundout in the sixth drew Chicago within 4-2, setting the stage for its deciding rally.

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