But the cat has since gone missing, and the Cardinals are hoping to find it. A fan reportedly took it from the stadium, claiming it was hers.
Once the kitten was safely removed, Molina hit a grand slam that put the trailing Cardinals in the lead for the remainder of the game.
That said. Taking nothing away from the heroism of Yadi, or #RallyCat herself, to our mind, a third hero was minted in the bottom of the sixth, and that's the Cardinals' employee who got stuck dealing with the pint-sized beast.
A curious cat delayed a baseball game after it sprinted onto the field mid-play - and turned rather feisty when it was made to leave.
It is now unknown when Rally Cat is at. Lorenzo Cain's double to right-center field scored Whit Merrifield. The Cardinals are now tied with Milwaukee for second place in the division, a game and a half behind the Cubs. Hammel has looked better since a rocky beginning, allowing no more than three runs in any of his last six starts.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth to garner his ninth save. Maurer (1-5) took the loss.
Cardinals righty Mike Leake was pounded for 11 hits and five runs (four earned) over five innings. In 2011, a squirrel caused a big distraction during an NLDS game between the Cardinals and Phillies, running across home plate during Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt's delivery before jumping into the stands.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar ended an 0-for-20 streak with a single in the sixth inning.
The Cardinals and Royals will conclude their four-game series on Thursday night.