Molina went 2-for-2 with a double, a solo home run, a walk and two runs in Tuesday's 12-4 loss to the Padres. All of the Cardinals' runs came on homers, with Molina contributing his 15th of the season in the sixth and knotting the score at 4-4 at the time. The ageless backstop's impressive August includes a .333/.380/.652 line, seven multi-hit efforts, 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, five homers) and 12 RBI.
Molina went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates. Molina only seems to be getting better as the season moves into the stretch run. Factoring in Sunday's production, he now has six multi-hit efforts in August en route to a .313/.353/.578 line for the month. Molina's 14 home runs equal the second-best total of his long career, while his current 36.3 percent hard-contact rate serves as the highest of his 13-plus seasons.
Molina is out of Saturday's lineup against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He has only not appeared in three games since the All-Star break, and he's hitting .283/.319/.469 with five home runs and three steals in 113 at-bats over that span. Carson Kelly starts behind the dish and will hit eighth.
Molina is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves. Hitless in his last nine at-bats, Molina will head to the bench in what appears to be a scheduled day of rest. Carson Kelly draws the start at catcher and will bat seventh.
Molina went 1-for-4 against the Royals on Wednesday, with the one hit a sixth-inning grand slam that provided the winning margin. The Cardinals trailed 5-4 when the veteran catcher stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, but he flipped the script with one swing of the bat. Molina's last eight games have seen him rip off 11 hits in 26 at-bats (.423) -- four of those have been homers, and he's collected nine RBI and 10 runs in that span. He's now tied the second-highest homer total of his career (14), and while it's quite unlikely that he'll match the 22 he mashed in 2012, Molina's age-34 campaign (he's actually 35 now) has nonetheless been remarkably productive.
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