Postcard from Cardinals camp for Tuesday, Feb. 28

Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy

Result: Braves 2, Cardinals 0


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Cardinals have made working on baserunning a priority this spring after struggling in that area last season. The first inning of Tuesday’s game showed they made need to work a little harder.

The Cardinals’ first three batters all reached base on two hits and a walk, but all were picked off base before cleanup hitter Matt Adams had a chance to swing the bat.

Minor-leaguer Magneuris Sierra made the trip from Jupiter and led off the game with a single, but was promptly picked off first. Kolten Wong, hitting second, also singled before Stephen Piscotty, hitting third, drew a walk.

Wong was picked off from second base, and Piscotty was too far off the base to get back in time and he was picked off as well, on the same play
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The Cardinals had only seven baserunners the rest of the game and had only three runners reach second base.

Other news and notes from Tuesday:


At the plate: Sierra, who played in Peoria last season, had three of the Cardinals’ seven hits, all singles … Patrick Wisdom had the only extra-base hit, a two-out double in the seventh … Matt Adams’ struggles continued as he again went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is now 0-for-12 for the spring after starting all four games and has struck out seven times.

On the mound:
Mike Leake made his first start of the spring and pitched a perfect three innings, needing only 32 pitches to record the nine outs. He struck out three and got five outs on groundballs … Prospect Junior Fernandez worked two scoreless innings, allowing two walks, and Rowan Wick and Josh Lucas each turned in one scoreless inning … Both of the Braves’ runs scored in the fourth inning against Robby Rowland.

Of note:
Even though he is still ineligible to play, the Cardinals brought their newest player, Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia, on the trip so he could visit with his older brother, Adonis Garcia, the third baseman for the Braves .. The Cardinals will have their annual meeting with the Players Association on Wednesday morning.

Looking ahead:
Carlos Martinez will get the start on Wednesday in what will be his only appearance before leaving camp to join the team from the Dominican Republic as it prepares for the World Baseball Classic. Also scheduled to pitch in Wednesday’s game against the Mets are Luke Weaver, Austin Gomber and Brett Cecil.