With Over 15 Games Played in Spring Training, It’s Clear that the Cardinals are Ready for the Real Action to Begin.
- On Saturday, March 19, the Cardinals drove across Florida to take on the Boston Red Sox, a team that has struggled in Spring Training so far (6-12 record at that point). Michael Wacha took the mound looking to gain confidence in his start, but unfortunately was roughed up by the Sox. Wacha pitched perfectly for the first three innings, but was then taken deep by Pablo Sandoval and Mookie Betts in the 4th and 5th innings. Carlos Peguero hit a solo home run for the Redbirds, but that effort was not enough, as the game was cut short due to weather. The Cardinals lost, 3-1, in five innings.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 20, 2016
- The Cardinals and Marlins played on Sunday, with Mike Leake taking the mound against David Phelps. The Cardinals would jump on Phelps early, with Matt Carpenter hitting a leadoff home run. Then, the bats would go quiet, as Carpenter was actually the only hitter to record two hits in the game. Mike Leake worked around a few hits to only allow one run, but the relievers were not at their best. Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, and Sam Tuivailala all gave up runs as relievers, while Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless inning. The Cardinals lost to the Marlins by a score of 5-2.
I think Mike Leake is going to be a huge asset to the Cardinals this season. He's looking good.
— Cardinal Nation (@STLCards_Nation) March 20, 2016
- On Monday, the Cardinals took on the Red Sox again, facing Clay Buchholz and sending out Marco Gonzales. Gonzales looked a bit rattled, giving up a two-run double in the second inning and then getting the quick hook from Mike Matheny. Seung-hwan Oh, Jordan Walden, and Tyler Lyons all delivered scoreless innings in relief. At the plate, Randal Grichuk hit a double to maintain an above .400 batting average in Spring Training (that’s good, right?), Jedd Gyorko hit a double and probably should have had a 2 for 2 day if it wasn’t for Brock Holt, and Jeremy Hazelbaker delivered a two-run home run to give himself seven RBIs this spring (Perry is happy). Despite Hazelbaker’s rally, the Cardinals would lose by a score of 4-3.
Jeremy Hazelbaker slams a two-run home run (#2) to bring the #STLCards within one at 4-3!
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 21, 2016
The Cardinals were off on Tuesday, so that’s it for Spring Training Report #6. As camp begins to die down, keep it with Cardsblog.com for more Spring Training reports all the way through the end. Opening Day is less than two weeks away, and I absolutely can not wait.