Cloudy, 72 degrees
Marlins 6, Cardinals 4
Two of the pitchers vying for the final spot in the Cardinals’ bullpen, David Aardsma and Scott McGregor, combined to allow five runs in the eighth inning as the Marlins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win the final game of spring training in Jupiter, Fla.
In his final tune-up before pitching the second game of the season in Cincinnati, Michael Wacha worked five innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. He ended the spring with a 1.77 ERA.
Aardsma, pitching for the second day in a row since signing with the Cardinals, retired just one of the four hitters he faced, allowing two walks and a single, and McGregor could not pitch out of the jam, allowing all three inherited runners to score, as he allowed three hits and a walk, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter before he could record the last two outs of the inning.
In the field:
Daniel Descalso had an RBI double to finish the spring tied with Matt Adams for the team lead with 11 RBIs … Adams led the team with four homers this spring … Kolten Wong was 0-for-2 but finished the spring with a team-leading .375 average among players with more than just a handful of at-bats … Stephen Piscotty closed out his spring with a double and a sacrifice fly, winding up with a .342 average, but did commit his fourth error of the spring … Seth Maness bounced back from a rough outing with a scoreless inning of relief.
In the clubhouse:
Shelby Miller will not make the trip to Memphis for Friday’s exhibition game against the Triple A team, making a start in a minor-league game … Jason Motte is also set to pitch in a minor-league game on Saturday …. The Cardinals ended the spring with a record of 11-13-2, going 0-6 against the Marlins … For the 14 home games at Roger Dean Stadium, the Cardinals averaged 6,914 fans.
The Cardinals will take 32 players to Memphis for the exhibition game Friday night but will leave eight of them behind when they head on to Cincinnati to open the regular season on Monday. Joe Kelly will start for the Cardinals and Zach Petrick for Memphis. The Redbirds said the game will be available for free on MiLB.TV.