The Cardinals lost to the Pirates 9-0 on Tuesday night, but they may have lost their All-Star catcher Yadier Molina. Yadi was in a violent collision at home plate with the Pirates Josh Harrison in the 2nd inning. Molina was blocking the plate while Harrison was trying to score on Jose Tabata’s single to right field. Carlos Beltran’s throw home was on target ad the ball and Harrison arrived at Molina at the same time. The collision had Harrison’s shoulder going right into Molina’s head. Yadi laid still for several moments after holding on to the ball and tagging Harrison out. Molina left the game immediately. After the game, Molina confirmed that he did not suffer a concussion, but was sore with back, neck and shoulder pain. The Cardinals recalled catcher Brian Anderson after tonight’s game. Anderson will be available for Wednesday’s Cardinals at Pirates game if Molina cannot play which seems unlikely for the sore Molina.
In the game, the Pirates Pedro Alvarez was 4 for 5 with two home runs to lead their onslaught of Cardinals pitching. Jake Westbrook took the loss, allowing seven runs in five innings of work.
The Pirates win moved them within two games of the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race.