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St. Louis Cardinals: Spring Training Report #2

Since Thursday Morning’s Report, the Redbirds have played Four Spring Training Games and Split Them at 2-2

  • On Thursday, the Cardinals opened up Spring Training (not counting the FAU game) at Roger Dean Stadium vs. the Marlins. At the plate, the game was highlighted by a Tommy Pham triple and an RBI Double by Carlos Peguero (2-for-3 on the day). On the mound, Tyler Lyons got the start and pitched 3 innings of 1-run ball. Jonathan Broxton and Trevor Rosenthal added scoreless innings in relief, and Dean Kiekhefer shut it down in the 9th. The Cardinals opened Spring Training with a 4-3 WIN.

  • Friday, the Cardinals traveled up to Kissimmee, Florida to face the Astros. Unfortunately, this game would not go as well for our team. The Astros jumped on Jaime Garcia from the beginning, blasting two home runs off of him in the 1st inning, and never looking back. The highlights for the Cardinals were scoreless innings delivered by Seth Maness and Sam Tuivailala (Cardinals #10 Prospect according to MLBPipeline.com) and a 2-4 day for Anthony Garcia that included an RBI double.
    • The most disappointing part of the game was that Luke Weaver was lit up for 5 hits and 3 earned runs in his first Spring Training outing. The Cardinals #8 prospect had caught the attention of GM John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny, but unfortunately he did not produce in his first spring opportunity. The one bright spot in Weaver’s outing was that he was able to strike out four Astros hitters.

  • On Saturday, the Cardinals would rebound for their second win in three days vs. the Marlins. Marco Gonzales got the start and pitched fairly well in his Grapefruit League debut. He delivered 2 and 2/3 innings of work while allowing two unearned runs. The Marlins were able to make contact against Gonzales, but nothing too damaging. Seung-hwan Oh also pitched, taking the mound for 1 and 1/3 innings and keeping the Marlins off the scoreboard. At the plate, Carlos Peguero added another two doubles, so maybe we should start watching this outfielder a little more closely. In the end, the Cardinals added their second WIN of Spring Training.

  • Yesterday, the Cardinals ended their first week of Spring Training games with a battle against the Nationals on Sunday. Deck McGuire and Trevor Rosenthal combined to give up four runs in the first three innings, and the Cardinals just could not catch up after that. Some highlights were scoreless innings delivered by Jonathan Broxton (that’s two scoreless innings in two appearances for Broxton) and Kevin Siegrist. Randal Grichuk added two doubles for the Cardinals to help begin a rally but unfortunately hits were not being strung together.

In short, the Redbirds have picked on the Marlins and been picked on by everyone else in Spring Training thus far. Keep it with CardsBlog.com for another report from the Grapefruit League within the coming days.

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