Postcard from Cardinals camp for Monday March 6

Weather: 76 degrees, sunny

Result: Twins 2, Cardinals 1 (10 innings)


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sandy Alcantara was one out away from securing a 1-0 Cardinals victory on Monday until his defense betrayed him.

Back to back errors by second baseman Eli Alvarez and shortstop Edmundo Sosa, who were teammates of Alcantara’s in Class A Peoria last summer, set up a game-tying single.
The Twins then scored the winning run in the 10th off reliever Ryan Sherriff.

The loss was only the third of the spring for the Cardinals, who are now 7-3-1.
Other news and notes from Monday:

High: Kolten Wong drove in the only run of the game for the Cardinals with a third inning single and also turned in a dazzling defensive play.

Low: in addition to the consecutive fielding errors in the ninth, the Cardinals’ committed a third error on a wild pickoff throw by pitcher Jake Woodford. The team has committed 12 errors in their 11 games, four by pitchers.

At the plate:
Stephen Piscotty had a double in three at-bats, only his second hit of the spring … Aledmys Diaz also was 1-for-3 and is now hitting .412 for the spring … It was the third time in the last four games the Cardinals scored one or two runs, but was their first loss in those games.

On the mound:
John Gant, acquired from the Braves in the off-season, worked two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring … Woodford got himself into a bases loaded, one out jam in the third but got out of it with a pop out and a fly out … Jordan Schafer pitched a scoreless inning and Mike Mayers worked two scoreless innings.

In the clubhouse: Back in Jupiter, Trevor Rosenthal underwent an MRI after being scratched from Monday’s scheduled start because of tightness in his lat area. He reported the test results were clean and that he expects he will be able to resume throwing in a few days … Luke Weaver, who had to come out of a game last week because of back spasms, threw a bullpen session … Alex Reyes was back in camp to get medical clearance to stop wearing a sling on his right arm, which he has done since his Tommy John surgery … Players who did not make the trip to Fort Myers watched on the clubhouse television as Israel upset Korea 2-1 in 10 innings in the first game of the World Baseball Classic. Seung Hwan Oh came in with the bases loaded for Korea in the eighth inning and got an inning-ending strikeout to keep the game tied 1-1. He also pitched the ninth, allowing a hit, and finished with three strikeouts, throwing 20 pitches … Minor-leaguer Corey Baker is set to start for Israel in their second game, against Chinese Taipei … A website that covers the Pirates in Pittsburgh quoted sources as saying the game between the Pirates and Cardinals set for Aug. 20 in Pittsburgh will be played instead in Williamsport, Pa., the home of the Little League World Series. Two players on the Cardinals have appeared in that series, Lance Lynn in 1999 and Randal Grichuk in 2004.

Up next:
The Cardinals will be back in Jupiter to play the Marlins on Tuesday, with Adam Wainwright set to make his second start.