The St. Louis Cardinals added another series victory to their record with a 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals tonight, but in the process may have suffered a key loss for the near future.
Leading off the 8th inning with a single, Yadier Molina attempted to steal second base. He was thrown out and then slow to get up to his feet, in obvious discomfort.
A trainer came out to the base, but Molina walked off the field. He did not return to action due to what the team announced as tightness in his left hamstring and Francisco Pena took over behind the plate.
“Looks like it’s a mild left hamstring,” Mike Shildt told reporters after the game. “He’s competing out there. He saw something and we always trust his instincts–probably without the little grab on it, he’s probably safe. We’ll evaluate it but I just talked to him right when he came in the clubhouse, he said ‘I’ll be fine’. hat that means, we’ll clearly figure that out but you’re talking about one tough hombre.”
On the season, Molina has been successful in four of seven steal attempts.
Nominated yesterday by the Cardinals for the Roberto Clemente Award for his philanthropic efforts, Molina has hits in his last three games (4-11, .364)–including a grand slam in last night’s win.
–After missing the last nine games with his own hamstring strain, second baseman Kolten Wong was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to today’s game.
–Matt Adams hit a pair of home runs, his first in a St. Louis uniform since May of 2017.
–Carlos Martinez earned the save, his first of the season and first since September of 2014.
–The win was the 30th for the Cardinals since the All-Star break, which is the most in all of MLB.
–The Cardinals are off on Thursday before continuing their road trip in Detroit against the Tigers. Austin Gomber is scheduled to pitch the opening game, followed by Jack Flaherty and John Gant.
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