BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Stuck out! Ball clings to Molina, Cubs rally past Cardinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 07, 2017 08:59 AM
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stands with his hands on his hips as a ball is somehow stuck to his chest protector during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in St. Louis. The ball was stuck to Molina's chest protector on a dropped third strike allowing the Cubs' Matt Szczur to reach first base when Molina couldn't find the ball. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a most sticky situation, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina couldn't find a ball that clung to his chest protector and the Chicago Cubs turned the bizarre play into a late rally to beat St. Louis 6-4 in Major League Baseball on Thursday.
The Cardinals led 4-2 in the seventh inning when things became kooky at Busch Stadium.
Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur led off by striking out on a pitch from Brett Cecil that skipped in the dirt. The ball bounced into Molina's protector and appeared to get trapped by a sticky substance.
Molina kept looking around for the ball, and didn't find it until Szczur safely made it to first base. The Gold Glove catcher could only smile and fans in the sellout crowd laughed — really, who'd ever seen such a thing?
Catchers sometimes put pine tar somewhere on their uniforms, often around the shin guards, to help give them a better grip.
Once Szczur reached on what was scored as a wild pitch, the Cardinals lost their grip on this game.
After a walk, Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. The Cubs added another run later in the inning against Cecil (0-1).
The World Series champions won two in a row after losing to the Cardinals on opening night.
John Lackey (1-0) threw six solid innings against his former team. Addison Russell drove in a pair of runs on groundouts for Chicago.
REDS 7, PHILLIES 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen connected for a pinch-hit homer that put Cincinnati ahead and the Reds overcame a rough MLB debut by Rookie Davis to beat Philadelphia.
Adam Duvall also homered as the Reds rallied from an early three-run deficit to take the opening series, winning two of three.
The Phillies blew a 4-1 lead set up by Daniel Nava's two homers off Davis.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco hit consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and Minnesota dented Kansas City's bullpen again to sweep the season-opening series.
After dropping their first nine games last season on the way to a major league-most 103 losses, the Twins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007. The Royals have their first 0-3 start since 2001.
ROCKIES 2, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds homered and Antonio Senzatela pitched five strong innings in his MLB debut to help Colorado beat Milwaukee.
Arenado homered off Neftali Feliz (0-1) leading off the ninth. Former Brewer Reynolds led off the third against starter Chase Anderson with his second home run of the season.
The Rockies won three of four games in the season-opening series.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson had his first career triple and first home run with Chicago.
Geovany Soto, the catcher who joined the White Sox as a free agent this offseason, added his first two home runs for Chicago to help give Rick Renteria his first victory as the team manager.
James Shields (1-0) threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Shields allowed Tyler Collins' solo homer in the second inning to open the scoring, but the Tigers managed only four hits.