JUPITER, FL. (KMOX) — The Cardinals bats were mostly quiet on St. Patrick’s Day as they fell to the Marlins 5-2 at Roger Dean Stadium. Jake Westbrook made his fourth Grapefruit League start and picked up his first loss. Though they were sporting the annual green jerseys and caps, there was no good luck to be found for the Redbirds.
Westbrook lasted 5.0 innings, and was knocked around for 4 runs on 9 hits. Thursday did not only turn out to be Westbrook’s longest start, but also his weakest. The positive things that can be taken from the Cardinals’ starter is that he did throw strikes and did not allow any free passes.
Colby Rasmus hit a home run to give him two in as many days. Besides that, Cardinals bats and baserunners were held in check most of the day by Marlins pitching.
Josh Johnson, one of the best starters in the game, picked up his first spring training victory in what was probably his best showing so far in 2011. Johnson went 6.0 innings with 4 hits, 1 earned run, and 4 strike outs.
Gaby Sanchez probably had the biggest day at the plate for the Marlins, who snapped a 9-game losing streak, by going 3-4 with 2 RBIs. After Thursday’s performance, Sanchez has a batting average of .467.
NOTES…Starter Chris Carpenter said he had no aches or concerns after making his return to the mound from the hamstring injury on March 1…Next up for the Cardinals is a trip to Viera, Florida to face the Washington Nationals…On Saturday, the Cardinals will have their second split-squad day with the home club hosting the Marlins and the traveling squad going to Kissimmee, Florida to play the Houston Astros…The next radio broadcast is Saturday at 11:45am on KMOX 1120 AM when the Cardinals play the Florida Marlins.
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