On Monday, there were some good things that could make Cardinal fans happy. But you need to be cautioned that this is just Spring Training and everyone is starting anew and others are “working on” things. But it is still very fine to see how some of the younger guys, some prospects, and some not labeled prospects did in the split squad games.
Split Squad vs. Boston
Two players stand out in my mind from yesterday’s games. Jose Martinez, who is fighting for an outfield spot on the big club, helped his chances with two home runs against Boston. Batting 8th in the lineup, Martinez smacked a two-run homer in the 2nd inning and followed in the 8th with another two-run home run to finish 2-for-4 and 4 RBI’s. He fanned the other two times.
Another spot that was impressive came from Paul DeJong, an Illinois State graduate, as he went 2-for-5 and scored two runs batting second in the order. He also struck out twice. Magneuris Sierra was 1-for-2 with one walk and one run scored. Harrison Bader doubled in the game to bring his Spring Training average to .286. Also, Carson Kelly, the heir apparent to Yadier Molina had one hit in two at-bats.
From the mound, we find Michael Wacha as the starter and he pitched two innings in the game and allowed two hits and one run (unearned) with one walk and two strikeouts. He was followed to the mound by Jordan Schafer. He allowed two hits in one inning but no runs came in. Daniel Poncedeleon, Arturo Reyes and Michel Socolovich each pitched in the game. The Cardinals won 7-2 over Boston.
Split Squad vs. Washington
This came had some dramatics as the Cardinals scored four runs in the 8th inning to come away with a 5-4 win. Aledmys Diaz was 1-for-3 in the game and reserve catcher Alberto Rosario had one hit in two at-bats. Luke Voit powered a big boost with an 8th inning homer and Nick Martini drove in three runs.
The pitching was highlighted by the arm of Sam Tuivailala in the 9th inning and the team was up 5-4. He struck out the side to preserve the win and threw some fire down throughout the inning. Lance Lynn started and pitched two innings and allowed one run on four hits with one walk and no strikeouts. Trevor Rosenthal looked good in two innings, giving up one hit and fanning one batter. Jack Flaherty struggled in the game with 4 hits allowed and two runs in two innings of work. Ryan Sherriff threw one scoreless inning and Trey Nielsen preserved the 8th inning to pick up the win.
In other news, Mitch Harris is almost ready to return after an eight-month absence after Tommy John surgery.
Today, the Cardinals travel to Orlando to face the Atlanta Braves on Champions Field at the Wild World of Sports. The probable starters are Mike Leake and Mike Foltynewicz. On Wednesday, the New York Mets travel to Jupiter to face the Cardinals.
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