Cards Hit 3 Homers, Pound Royals 10-3 for 4th Straight Win

11 August, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Rallycat helps Cardinals with Grand Slam

The rally cat hashtag is courtesy of a brief delay to carry a cat off the field, followed by Yadier Molina's grand slam on the next pitch in an 8-5 decision over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Once the kitten was safely removed, Molina hit a grand slam that put the trailing Cardinals in the lead for the remainder of the game.

The cat was grey, not black, but it was still bad luck for the Kansas City Royals' Australian pitcher Peter Moylan.

"At that point, as our ushers tried to contain the cat, a fan grabbed it and claimed it was hers", the Cardinals said via release. Before the next pitch, Molina pointed out to left field, noticing the feline.

Attention St. Louis: It appears the rally cat is on the loose.

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The St. Louis Cardinals, hoping to "scratch and claw their way" into the playoffs, are looking for "Rally Cat" after it reportedly went missing late Wednesday night. Lorenzo Cain's double to right-center field scored Whit Merrifield.

This isn't the first time there was cat chaos on a major league field. It was an important game for the Cards, who were in the midst of a four-game winning streak.

Leake, the Cardinals' starter, allowed five runs on 11 hits in five innings. Merrifield's four hits tied his career high. That's when the fan said it was hers, but now she admits she was just trying to give it a home. Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar started his 284th straight game, tying Baltimore's Miguel Tejada (2004-05) for the longest streak in the majors at the position since the Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. started 2,216 consecutive games from 1982 to 1996.

"I'm not a cat person, but I sure like that one", St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said after the game, per MLB.com.

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