Strangest Play You'll See. Ball Gets Stuck to Yadi's Chest Protector

However, if Major League Baseball finds Molina had pine tar on his chest protector in an effort to prevent balls from bouncing too far from the catcher and lessening the chances of a wild pitch or passed ball - the seven-time All-Star could be facing a 10-game suspension, according to Rule 3.02. As Matt Szczur led off the seventh inning, the vaunted Cubs lineup had scored only seven runs in twenty four innings in 2017, far off of the 2016 pace when they plated twenty nine runs in their first three games.

"Do I put anything on my chest protector to stick", Molina said in response to a reporter.

The Cardinals led 4-2 in the seventh inning when things turned kooky. Jason Heyward, who played with Molina as recently as 2015, and Schwarber said they assumed he stashed some sticky material somewhere on his gear to help him get a grip for his throws.

Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run double and Wilmer Flores a two-run homer against Jaime Garcia (0-1), who made his Atlanta debut after eight seasons with St. Louis. The ERA of pitchers when he's catching (3.34) for St. Louis is almost a run.

Sometimes a fella just likes to dip his chest protector in agave syrup and lick it surreptitiously when his blood sugar gets low throughout the game.

When it comes to calling a game, Molina's in a league of his own. And it was the key play that sent the Chicago Cubs past St. Louis 6-4 Thursday. The last one bounced, then didn't want to let Molina go. New St. Louis bull penner Brett Cecil walked two and gave up two hits - including the game-losing home run to Kyle Schwarber - to allow four earned runs without an out recorded.

"I didn't know if they came out with Velcro on the protector or it's just like a fuzzy baseball", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Adam Duvall also homered as the Reds rallied from an early three-run deficit to take the opening series. Hopefully Cecil and/or manager Mike Matheny provide some clarification.

Castro was 3-for-6 in the series and drove in three runs.

Puig was 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs, four RBIs and a stolen base.

"We celebrated, I made it past the third game this year", Schwarber said. Cardinals RF Stephen Piscotty (head contusion) appeared Thursday as part of a double-switch in the sixth inning and went 0-for-2.

Friday: The Cubs will play the Brewers at Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. Jimmy Nelson is the Brewers' scheduled starter.

  • Julie Sanders