Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina could not find a ball that was stuck to his breastplate and the Chicago Cubs turned the odd play into an offensive rally to beat the San Luis Cardinals 6-4 on Thursday.
The Cardinals were 4-2 in the seventh inning when things became weird at Busch Stadium.
Emerging batter Matt Szczur started the action in the inning by striking out Brett Cecil’s throw that hit the ground. The ball bounced off the front of Molina and was apparently in a sticky substance.
The Golden Glove receiver continued to search for the ball and when he found it, Szczur had already reached first base.
Chicago capitalized on the blunder when a goalie set the stage for Kyle Schwarber’s home run homer.
For the Cubs, the Puerto Rican Javier Báez 1-0. Miguel Montero of 4-0.
For the Cardinals, the Puerto Rican Molina of 2-0 with an annotated and two produced. The Cuban Aledmys Diaz 1-0.