St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had one of those moments, Thursday.
Fortunately for Chicago, Kyle Schwarber saved the day by hitting a three run home run off of new Cardinal Brent Cecil in the top of the seventh to give the Cubs their first lead of the day, and they never looked back as the Cubs rallied to win the series after dropping the season opener on Sunday.
The Cardinals led 4-2 in the seventh inning when things turned kooky.
At the time, the Cardinals laughed off the freakish play even though it resulted in pinch hitter Matt Szczur reaching base. If Molina is caught using a foreign substance, nobody is going to get too bent out of shape.
The baseball bounced up and stuck to Molina's chest guard like Velcro as Szczur reached first base safely.
Jon Jay, former Cardinals outfielder, followed the odd moment with a walk, then outfielder Kyle Schwarber hit a blast to give Chicago a 5-4 lead.
Cubs series heroes: Shortstop Aledmys Diaz hit.286 in the opening set, stealing two bases and hitting a pair of doubles.
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Brandon McCarthy (1-0) allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings. Russell added insurance later in the inning with another run-producing groundout. As always, he played great defense in right field.
Cody Reed (1-0) got his first major league win by escaping threats in each of his two innings. Edwards struck out Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko with runners on first and second to end the inning. A play that was ruled an error by Ben Zobrist when he couldn't hang on to the ball on a potential double play helped open up the inning for the Cardinals, who took a 3-0 lead. McCarthy allowed two runs and five hits after missing most of last season recovering from an elbow injury.
His seventh-inning blast was the difference in this game.
"And we all went insane", Schwarber said with a smile. Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk contributed RBI singles. And they did it against the Giants, who won nine of 10 in the desert last season.
That much was made clear by what manager Joe Maddon called a particularly "raucous" postgame celebration Thursday, with teammates singling out Schwarber for more than just the mammoth home run.
Brett Anderson will make his Cubs debut on Friday against the Brewers and he will be opposed by Jimmy Nelson. Although he returned for the World Series and started four games in Cleveland as the designated hitter, this represents his first week as an everyday player since the 2015 season ended.