The turning point in the game occurred in the 7th when Kyle Schwarber blasted a 3-run shot to put Chicago up against St. Louis 5-4.
The moment - in retrospect - swung the game, a 6-4 Cubs victory, in Chicago's favor, primarily because Kyle Schwarber crushed a home run off Cecil two batters later, so it was certainly fresh on everyone's minds. Triggs (1-0) allowed an unearned run, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
But Szczur's rally-starting strikeout was the play everyone wanted to talk about afterwards.
The second - the sight of 6-foot, 240-pound slugger Kyle Schwarber as the leadoff hitter - is developing into a ideal blend for manager Joe Maddon.
What we do know is the weird mishap didn't help St. Louis.
"You'd have to ask somebody else", Lackey said when asked what made a ball adhere to the chest protector.
- Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) April 6, 2017It miiiiight be time for Yadier Molina to schedule his next eye appointment. That was certainly insane.
On a third strike pitch to Cubs pinch-hitter Matt Szczur, Brett Cecil bounced a curveball that was blocked by Yadier Molina.
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Szczur reached first base before Molina could locate the ball, which was stuck on his chest protector. Molina said. "That's a dumb question". Then the freakish play happened and everything unraveled quickly.
"I don't know what happened there", said Manager Mike Matheny afterwards. While I was skeptical at first, the idea of Schwarber leading off looks like a no-brainer to me after just three games.
Lynn, who sat out a year ago after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November of 2015, worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. 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. Schwarber also walked today.
"First time in. how many, 13 years?" The defending champions received some good fortune to score one of the frame's four runs.
What was Cecil's explanation?
Lackey was not flawless but if Zobrist would not have made that first inning error, his line would look much better.
"Probably Tuf-Skin, sticky spray, something like that, maybe pine tar", said Jason Heyward, who played with Molina on a 100-win St. Louis team in 2015. Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk contributed RBI singles. Russell added insurance later in the inning with another run-producing groundout. Molina finally realized what happened, so he had a laugh about it.
Blue Jays 5, Rays 2: Kendrys Morales hit his fourth career grand slam, Marcus Stroman pitched 61/3 effective innings and Toronto beat Tampa Bay.