JUPITER, Fl. (KMOX) — Cardinals’ batters made the most out of the opportunities given by the Washington Nationals en route to a 7-5 win at Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The game had a typical Spring Training feeling with 12 runs, 24 hits, and 3 errors.
Pitcher Brandon Dickson made the start against the Nationals, and was efficient in his first appearance. Unfortunately, the Cardinals lone error happened under his watch when catcher Yadier Molina sailed a throw into right field. In 3.0 innings, Dickson allowed 2 runs, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strike out.
The fourth inning was not only when the Cardinals got on the board, but they would grab the lead and not let go of it. RBI’s from Ramon Vasquez, Albert Pujols, two from Mark Hamilton, plus a run from a Nationals error put the Cardinals up 5-2.
That lead would be cut to one run, yet an error from prized prospect Bryce Harper on what should have been an out off the bat of Yadier Molina led to more Cardinals runs in the sixth.
Ryan Franklin gave up three hits in his 2.0 inning appearance. He officially picked up the win.
Ian Snell and Maikel Cleto finished out the game for the Cardinals, but surrendered three runs in the last four innings.
The other game split-squad game that took place in Port St. Lucie, Fl. against the New York Mets did not have as much as action. However, the Mets were able to take advantage of the lone error to pick up a win.
Jaime Garcia made his first start after being shut down late after a spectacular 2010 rookie season. 3B Matt Carpenter’s throwing error allowed Mets leadoff man Jose Reyes to reach base, and he would eventually score on a David Wright sacrifice fly.
Garcia’s second inning was more favorable, and that was all the work he would see. He allowed 1 unearned run, 2 hits, and had 1 walk.
Cardinals hitters could only get 6 hits against Mets pitching. Oliver Perez made the start, closer Francisco Rodriguez made his 2011 debut, and Cardinals all-time saves leader Jason Isringhausen worked a scoreless seventh inning.
P.J. Walters pitched after Garcia, and is being considered a potential solution to the vacant fifth starter position. His day did not go well as he pitched 2.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs, 3 hits, and gave up 4 walks.
NOTES…Lance Berkman was scratched from today’s lineup for the split-squad game in Jupiter because of a mild left calf strain…Friday, the Cardinals face the Houston Astros at 12:05pm…The next game on KMOX is Saturday when Cardinals host the Astros; broadcast begins at 11:55am.
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