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Baserunning gaffe costs Cardinals late scoring chance

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- In the ‘what was he thinking’ department, you will find a play involving Yadier Molina in the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Molina, mostly known for his tremendous bat and pitching staff management, singled with one out in the eighth inning and his team down by a run. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound catcher then stole second base with Jon Jay at the plate and two outs in the inning.

Jay eventually walked to bring Pete Kozma to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs. Molina, who was three-for-three in the stolen base department this season, got greedy and tried to steal third base off Carlos Marmol.

Marmol read it the whole time and threw to third base where Luis Valbuena simply tagged Molina for the final out of the inning. The Cardinals were left still down by one run heading into the ninth inning -- a run they would never get off Kevin Gregg and the Cubs.

That wasn’t the only dagger to strike the Cardinals down in the 2-1 loss on Tuesday. The team left nine runners on base and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

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