Molina speeds up another Cardinals win

Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:57am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Of all the attributes that have helped catcher Yadier Molina craft a career as one of the most beloved players in St. Louis Cardinals history, speed is not one of them.

But it was Molina's wheels that helped decide a key National League Central showdown against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Deriving help from a misplay, Molina socked just the fifth triple of his 12-year career on Wednesday, bringing home the tie-breaking run in a 4-2 win.

With the game tied 2-2 and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Molina lined the first pitch from starter Gerrit Cole (14-6) into right field.

Gregory Polanco tried to make an ankle-high catch but missed the ball, and it rolled all the way to the wall. Center fielder Randal Grichuk scored.

"You have to love his aggressiveness," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said of Molina. "He told me that when he got around second, he wondered what he was doing."

Molina walked home when left fielder Stephen Piscotty singled through a drawn-in infield for a two-run lead, capping the scoring.

The Cardinals' bullpen mowed down the last nine hitters, with Kevin Siegrist setting up closer Trevor Rosenthal, who notched his 35th save.

The Molina-sparked rally enabled Michael Wacha to improve to 14-4 even though he gave up nine hits and three walks in six innings.   Continued...

Aug 12, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) hits a double off of Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joe Blanton (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports