Postcard from Cardinals camp for Saturday, March 4

By Rob Rains

Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy

Result: Cardinals 1, Nationals 1 (tie)

JUPITER, Fla. – For the second consecutive day the Cardinals were not able to generate much offense against the Washington Nationals.

They also didn’t lose again.

After beating the Nationals 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday in West Palm Beach, the Cardinals earned a tie on Saturday thanks to Patrick Wisdom’s home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning.

Wisdom’s homer was only the fourth hit by the Cardinals, who are now 6-2-1 on the spring.

More news and notes from Saturday:

High: Lance Lynn became the first Cardinals pitcher to work four innings this spring, allowing an unearned run. He threw 52 pitches in his second start, 36 for strikes, giving up two hits.

Low: Washington’s run was unearned because of a throwing error by Lynn on a pickoff throw to first. It was the third error of the spring by the team’s pitchers out of their total of seven. “Pickoffs were something we had trouble with last year,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We will be better with that.”

At the plate: Dexter Fowler drew another walk in two plate appearances. He has six walks in 12 plate appearances so far this spring …Stephen Piscotty was 0-for-4 as the DH with two strikeouts as his average dropped to .083 (1-for-12) … Randal Grichuk and Magneuris Sierra, who started in right field, had doubles. Sierra is hitting .400 for the spring … Wisdom’s homer came on a 3-2 pitch after he thought he had walked but the pitch was called a strike instead of ball four.

On the mound:
Arturo Reyes worked 2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. In his two games this spring, the often-overlooked prospect has not allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings and has given up only two hits … Jonathan Broxton and prospects Rowan Wick and Josh Lucas all worked a scoreless inning. The Nationals had only two baserunners after the fifth inning … Nationals non-roster pitcher Jacob Turner, a St. Louis product, worked a scoreless eighth inning, pitching around a hit and a walk.

In the clubhouse:
Matt Carpenter said he will not be going to the World Baseball Classic because of concerns about his sore back. Carpenter had been scheduled to join the U.S. team for workouts after Monday’s game … Jedd Gyorko was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and left the game for a pinch-runner but Matheny said he had not received any reports of a problem … Luke Weaver said he is progressing well from his back spasms and believes he will be able to throw again within a few days … Minor-league pitchers and catchers are set to report to Jupiter on Monday with the full squad due in camp on Wednesday, meaning the first round of roster cuts likely will happen early next week. Not counting injured players, the Cardinals currently have 63 players (32 pitchers and 31 position players) in the major-league camp.

Up next:
The Cardinals head north on 1-95 on Sunday to play the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Mike Leake will make his second start of the spring.

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