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Yadier Molina makes first career pitching appearance in Cardinals’ blowout win over Pirates

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Last Sunday, the Cardinals used the crushing victory as an opportunity to let Albert Pujol have fun and dance. On Sunday, the Cardinals had another one-sided advantage. And another veteran who wanted to take the mound. This time, an 18-0 lead paved the way for Yagyer Molina’s 18-4 win.

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It was even warmed up by Pujols:

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As for the results, they were not very good. Molina gave up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, while working on his three recorded strikeouts. However, he got outs, and the fun moment was much more important than tracking down Molina’s serve line.

We’ve all seen Molina’s hand from behind the plate and we know it’s still a cannon. On that note, anyone worried that Molina’s arm is sprained from one inning on the mound can rest easy. According to Statcast, his fastball speed reached a top speed of 69.7 mph and he even threw the ball at 42.9 mph. Average speed on his 19 pitches? Cool 58.2 miles per hour.

This will explain the four permitted runs, and relieve anxiety.

Molina appeared in 2,173 regular season games and 102 playoff games, but this was his first appearance on the field. The 36.00 ERA won’t draw attention, but again, that’s not really what this is all about. The game was already over, and all that was left was to tinker and have some fun.

On more serious matters, the Cardinals ended the Pirates’ three-game streak and went 23–18 on the season.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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