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Rally Cat: Feline on Field Sets Up Cardinals' Grand Slam

The cat emerged from near the visitors' dugout on the third-base side and blitzed into the outfield

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    Rally Cat: Feline on Field Sets Up Cardinals' Grand Slam
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    Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain waits as a member of the Busch Stadium grounds crew removes a cat that wandered onto the field during the sixth inning of the Royals baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.

    The Cardinals have a friendly feline to thank for their rally against the Royals.

    With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth on Tuesday night, the game was delayed for a couple minutes when a small, feisty cat sprinted onto the field at Busch Stadium.

    On the first pitch after play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam off Peter Moylan to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead. The cat was instantly dubbed #RallyCat on Twitter, and St. Louis went on to win.

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    The cat emerged from near the visitors' dugout on the third-base side and blitzed into the outfield, the fur on its tail standing on end. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain stood, smiling, with a hand on his hip as the cat sprinted past him.

    Lucas Hackmann, a member of the Cardinals' grounds crew, ran out to grab the stray and flinched several times as the animal tried to bite or scratch him.


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