Cards’ Yadier Molina pulls off amazing pickoff

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Yadier Molina helped Lance Lynn out of a bases-loaded mess in the oddest of ways Friday when he shot a throw down to third base to catch Eugenio Suarez straying too far from the base.

Suarez had just jogged to third after Devin Mesoraco worked a nine-pitch walk to fill the bases with two out in the sixth. But instead of throwing the ball back to Lynn, Molina held it, eyed Suarez and threw to third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who had crept up behind the Reds’ third baseman. Suarez never caught on to what was happening and was promptly tagged out by Gyorko.

Molina’s alert decision to throw to third caught just about everyone by surprise, including Lynn, who had a delayed reaction before walking off the field pumping his fist and grinning. Molina leapt on his way to the dugout.

Molina nabs Profar at first

NED@PUR: Molina finds Profar too far off bag at first

While Jurickson Profar celebrates his hit, Yadier Molina finds him too far off the first-base bag and throws over to T.J. Rivera for the out

The play was reminiscent of the sneaky one Molina pulled off last month while representing Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. In a game against the Netherlands, Molina caught Jurickson Profar celebrating a single by whipping a throw to first to retire him. Puerto Rico went on to win the game.

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