– Cardinals star Yadier Molina hit the first pitch he saw against the Pirates on Saturday night right on the screws and then watched in disbelief, his hands glued to the sides of his pine-tarred helmet, as the play before him unfolded into the first recorded 4-5-4 triple play in major league history.

With Cardinals runners on second and third and no outs in the second inning of what ended up as a 7-5 Pittsburgh victory, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker snared Molina’s screaming line drive and threw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang, doubling off Jhonny Peralta.

Jason Heyward, the runner coming from second, had slowed to a walk, thinking the inning was over. Kang made the same mistake, initially, but heard Walker’s calls and threw to second to complete the rare triple play.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette