Cardinals receiver Yadier Molina kept circling, but could not locate the ball.
The reason for that was the wild release of Brett Cecil who somehow stuck to Molina’s chest protector. By the time Molina realized what had happened, Chicago Cubs starter Matt Szczur had made it to first base to open the seventh inning of his game on Thursday.
Receiver Yadier Molina laughed after realizing that the ball remained stuck to his chest guard after a wild pitch before the batter.
Molina laughed at that moment, but the strange play proved decisive as it opened the door for the Cubs to score four times in the inning – three of them for Kyle Schwarber’s homer – on their way to victory 6 -4 on the Cardinals.
The TV replays showing approaches to the Molina protector showed a brown substance, probably pine resin that the receiver put there after cleaning for better grip of the ball.