The ball bounced into Molina's protector - and stayed there. It was definitely Velcro-d to his chest. The ball was stuck to Molina's chest protector after the Cubs' Matt Szczur struck out swinging allowing Szczur to reach first base when Molina couldn't find the ball.
I'm not sure what laws of physics were used to determine how this was possible, but it leaves us to wonder if there may have been a substance on Molina's gear. The Gold Glove catcher gave a bemused look and smiled.
Cecil and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday they had not heard from Major League Baseball, which later said it had reviewed the play and there wasn't any rules violation. While I was skeptical at first, the idea of Schwarber leading off looks like a no-brainer to me after just three games.
"Catchers like to put pine tar on their shin guards and throw balls to second base and get a good feeling", Schwarber said.
Molina was certain about one thing.
"I don't know how that happened", Molina said according to ESPN.
Until we get a little more information, which we might never get, nobody is going to know why that baseball stuck to Molina's chest protector, which is practically flat.
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"Of course, everyone wants to be out of the bottom three, especially (on Wednesday) it's a big game for us", Elmohamady added. Replays showed De Roon was clearly standing in an offside position when he headed the ball past Eldin Jakupovic.
The home run gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead.
MILWAUKEE - Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado slugged solo home runs while Antonio Senzatela pitched five solid innings in his major league debut as Colorado edged Milwaukee.
Morales homered off Blake Snell (0-1) in the third. Former Brewer Reynolds led off the third against starter Chase Anderson with his second home run of the season. The early returns on the Schwarber leadoff experiment: 3-for-10 with a.500 on-base percentage and a season-opening series win in St. Louis.
Lynn, who sat out previous year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November of 2015, worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. The Twins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007, handing the Royals their first 0-3 start since 2001.
This was Minnesota's first sweep of Kansas City in 18 series between them since April 2014.
While the incident may have been amusing, it opened the door to the Cubs taking the lead. It was his first regular season home run since 9/12/2015 and his third career homer off of a left-handed pitcher.