JUPITER FL. (KMOX) — Monday afternoon’s game in Fort Meyers displayed a lot of good signs for the Grapefruit League Cardinals as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-4. Perhaps the two most significant performances for the Redbirds were those of 3B David Freese and starting pitcher Jake Westbrook.
Freese made his first start for the Cardinals at spring training, and had a very productive afternoon. After a flying out to right in his first at-bat, Freese would follow-up with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings. The second drove in two runners giving the Birds a 5-2 lead on their way to a win.
Jake Westbrook made his second start, and this one certainly went better than his first last Wednesday versus the Mets. He would go 3.2 innings, face 14 batters, throw all 16 pitches for strikes, allow 4 hits and 1 run. Interestingly, 13 of the 14 Twins’ batters that faced Westbrook swung at the first pitch they saw.
In a game that featured 22 players, other stand outs for the Cardinals on Monday afternoon included Skip Schumaker, who began the game with a triple and would score on the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Theriot.
Jon Jay hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs. Jay’s 24 at-bats, 9 hits, and 6 RBIs all lead the Cardinals in Grapefruit League play. He is batting .375.
Pitcher Lance Lynn’s second appearance did not go as well as his first. In 2.0 innings, Lynn gave up 2 runs, 2 hits, and 2 walks. His second inning in the bottom of the seventh went much more smooth as he would only need to throw 4 pitches.
NOTES…Lance Berkman made his third consecutive start going 1-3 with a run scored…The next Grapefruit League game for the Cardinals is Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL…Red Sox vs Cardinals can be heard on KMOX 1120 AM starting at 11:55am.
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