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St. Louis Cardinals: Spring Training Report #4

How are the Cardinals Shaping Up with some Spring Training Games Under Their Belt?

  • On Friday, March 11, the Cardinals battled the Braves after a rough 7-2 loss to the Mets. Carlos Martinez made his Spring Training debut and went to work for two solid innings. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out two. Seung-hwan Oh pitched another scoreless inning (yawn, at this point), while Sam Tuivailala notched his first save in the Grapefruit League. Tuivailala has pitched three total scoreless innings this spring, which is a good sign considering that Trevor Rosenthal has not looked like himself so far in 2016. Magneuris Sierra had himself a 2-4 day, but other than that, the Cardinals scraped up four runs in a rather boring way. But, a 4-3 win for the Redbirds had Mike Matheny smiling after the game.

  • On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a Cardinals (split squad) game at Roger Dean Stadium vs. Houston. Adam Wainwright got the start and really did not have his best stuff out there from the beginning. Waino showed some nasty curveballs that rung up Astros hitters, but he also got tagged for a home run and double by Danny Worth, a middle infielder who was signed to a minor league deal by the Astros. However, Cardinals fans will be happy to know that Wainwright pitched four whole innings, Aledmys Diaz had an RBI double, and Tommy Pham hit a 9th inning solo home run that propelled a 4-3 comeback win for the Redbirds.

  • Also on Saturday, the Cardinals’ offense exploded in a 14-9 win over the New York Mets. Tyler Lyons was roughed up in his start, but this game was not about pitching. Brandon Moss hit a two-run home run off Bartolo Colon and then added an RBI double because the long ball just was not enough. Carson Kelly wanted to play too, so he added a solo home run. Then, Randal Grichuk smashed a two-run home run in the 7th inning, just because he can. Kelly and Grichuk would combine to go 6 for 8 with 5 RBIs. Mike Matheny celebrated with a victory cigar after the Cardinals’ 2-0 Saturday.

  • On Sunday, the Cardinals tied the Nationals 4-4, and ties are stupid, so we’ll just skip this game (Wacha got shelled, Hazelbaker 2-4, Kelly still a beast).

  • On Monday, the Cardinals took on the Twins and Mike Leake got the start. Leake was very impressive, pitching four shutout innings while striking out six and allowing only one hit. The rest of the Cardinals pitchers were not so impressive that day, as Seth Maness allowed two earned runs and Austin Gomber had a rough inning as well. Seung-hwan BEAST also pitched a scoreless inning (yawn). Besides a Matt Holliday RBI double, the Cardinals could not muster enough runs in a 5-3 loss.

Hope you guys enjoyed this recent Spring Training Report and enjoy the photo I took from the game on Saturday (the featured image). As always, keep it with for important Spring Training updates and news. See you with Report #5 on Saturday.