Molina hits cleanup for first time this season -

Molina hits cleanup for first time this season

(BaseballStL) -- For the first time this season, the St. Louis Cardinals gave Yadier Molina the duty of batting cleanup for the series finale against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Although Molina’s power numbers (five home runs) don’t reflect that of a typical No. 4 hitter, it was only fitting after he smashed a game winning home run in the sixth inning on Wednesday to continue his torrid abuse against the rivals from the north.

Molina went 6-for-11 with the home run through the first three games of the series to bring his league leading batting average to .365. He was 10-for-19 through the first five games against Chicago this season.

Molina nearly hit a home run in the sixth inning after walking in his first two at-bats. The ball landed just foul and into the left field stands before he lifted one for a double a few pitches later. He finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

The void at the cleanup spot was left with the team resting Allen Craig in favor of getting Matt Adams much-needed action. The everyday first baseman has hit cleanup in 63 of his 69 games played this season.

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