Postcard from Cardinals camp for Friday, March 3

By Rob Rains

Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy

Result: Cardinals 2, Nationals 1 (10 innings)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It was a good day to be a pitcher and a bad day to be a hitter for Friday’s game between the Cardinals and Nationals.

A wind measured at 22 miles per hour knocked down numerous fly balls in the outfield as the two teams combined for only 12 hits and the three runs.

Here are the news and notes from Friday:

High: Michael Wacha worked three scoreless innings and was pleased with how he felt physically after the game, his second start of the spring. He allowed three hits and walked two while striking out one.

Low: The wind, which cost Carson Kelly a possible grand slam in the fourth inning. Bryce Harper was able to track down the ball and make the inning-ending catch.

At the plate: The Cardinals’ first run in the third inning came from a single by Chad Huffman, a hit by pitch for Kelly and a pair of ground outs, the second by Tommy Pham scoring the run … The winning run in the 10th was set up by a leadoff walk to Jose Martinez, who took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Alberto Rosario … The Cardinals had only five hits, a double by Martinez and four singles … Huffman, a non-roster outfielder, had to leave the game in the fourth inning after getting hit by a pitch on either his hand or wrist.

On the mound:
Trevor Rosenthal allowed the only Nationals run when he gave up two hits and walked one in his one inning of work … Miguel Socolovich, battling for the final spot in the bullpen, pitched two perfect innings of relief and got the win, striking out two … Relievers Trey Nielsen and Ryan Sherriff also worked a perfect inning of relief while Jack Flaherty and Daniel Poncedeleon each allowed a hit in their inning of work.

In the clubhouse: Manager Mike Matheny said Rosenthal will get the start on Monday against the Twins in Fort Myers. That would have been Carlos Martinez’s turn to pitch if he was not leaving for the World Baseball Classic. Rosenthal hopes to throw about 50 pitches. His last professional start came in 2012, when he started 20 games combined between Double A and Triple A.

Of note: The Cardinals announced Friday the seven former players who will be on the fan ballot for the team’s Hall of Fame election this year. The two players who receive the most votes in online balloting will be enshrined in a ceremony later this summer. The seven players on the ballot are Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Tim McCarver, Mark McGwire, Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen.

Up next:
The Cardinals will be back in Jupiter on Saturday to play another game against the Nationals. Lance Lynn is set to make his second start of the spring.

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