"I don't know what happened there", said Manager Mike Matheny afterwards.
The Cubs could have pressed the matter and made their rivals squirm a bit, at the very least, but they seemed to shrug off the weird moment.
Cecil said he and Molina have nothing to hide.
Catchers sometimes put pine tar somewhere on their uniforms, often around the shin guards, to help give them a better grip. "Maybe it rubbed off some and it stuck".
The first oddity - a third strike that bounced and stuck in the middle of the chest protector of Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina - enabled pinch-hitter Matt Szczur to reach first base to start the seventh inning. "That's a dumb question".
The Cardinals would go on to lose the game 6-4 largely due to the four-run 7th inning that got started with the fluke incident that defied gravity. "I have no idea what happened there". "Have never seen it".
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the freaky sight - a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector, in plain view of everybody except him. Where that smudge came from is the mystery now.
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Now, I'm sure there's an honest explanation for this that isn't as accusatory as "He was loading the ball up with pine tar to help his pitcher".
Schwarber's 404-foot shot down the right-field line tagged reliever Brett Cecil (0-1) with the loss and left Lynn with a no-decision after a solid outing in his first game since October 2015. The ball skipped up and stuck to Molina's protector by the time he located it, Szczur was safely at first base.
He puts his hands on his hips and shakes his head.
If you're wondering why the Cardinals' Yadier Molina didn't receive an inspection Thursday, it's because there are no rules specifically governing catchers who intentionally doctor a baseball.
The Szczur at-bat looks like the moment when everything changed. Then the weird play happened and everything unraveled quickly.
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There is, however, one player Molina has been unable to stop on the bases: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton. Combine that with this play and it produces an intoxicating mix. Lackey nearly got out of his first inning jam, getting a groundball with one out and runners on first and third. Some reports said it was "wedged" into the equipment, but that is physically impossible. Even the uber-talented, supremely confident Cubs will take all the luck they can get, because the rest of Major League Baseball is coming for them now. The Cardinals are a very good team, but the Cubs always, always seem to find ways to win.