JUPITER, FL (KMOX) — A five-run fifth inning for the Cardinals looked to be the difference on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium until the Red Sox scored four times in the eighth inning. Nick Stavinoha appeared to tie the game in the bottom half of the eighth, but was called out because he never touched the plate according to home plate umpire Ed Rapuano. One more rally came up short in the ninth, and the split-squad Red Sox were able to hang on 8-7.
Jaime Garcia made his second Grapefruit League start. He would go 3.0 innings, threw 63 pitches, allowed 3 runs, plus gave up 3 walks.
The Cardinals starting lineup showed encouraging signs from top to bottom. Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Lance Berkman got to work in the first inning putting the team up 2-0. The three would combine to go 6-9 with 3 RBIs on Tuesday.
3B Matt Carpenter had his most impressive performance of spring training by going 3-3 with a RBI and a walk. Carpenter, who was starting for David Freese after his encouraging start on Monday, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. Last season, he played with Palm Beach and Springfield.
Red Sox batters jumped on pitcher Brandon Dickson in his third inning of work in the eighth. A lead-off single, and then a walk from Dickson led to a two-run double from Alex Hassan cutting the lead to 7-6. The next batter, Ryan Lavarnway, jumped on a pitch left up by Dickson and drilled it over the left field fence to give Boston the lead for good.
NOTES…No decision has been made by the Cardinals whether starting pitcher Chris Carpenter will make his next schedule start on Friday…Tuesday was the second split-squad day for the Boston Red Sox, and both teams were victorious over the Cardinals and Astros…Wednesday and Thursday, the Cardinals will play the Atlanta Braves…The next Cardinals radio broadcast can be heard at 11:55am on KMOX 1120 AM this Friday when the Cardinals host the Detroit Tigers.
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