Postcard from Cardinals camp for Tuesday, March 7

By Rob Rains

Weather: 72 degrees, overcast

Result: Cardinals 9, Marlins 2

JUPITER, Fla. – Two of the players expected to be big contributors to the Cardinals’ offense this season helped guide the team past the Marlins on Tuesday.

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-2, stole a base and scored a run while Jhonny Peralta was 2-for-3, hitting a double and a triple, and drove in two runs.

The Cardinals broke open a 4-2 game with one run in the seventh and four in the eighth as they raised their spring record to 8-3-1.

Other news and notes from Tuesday:

: Mitch Harris made his first appearance on the mound since the end of the 2015 season, pitching one inning. He had missed all of last year because of elbow surgery. Harris allowed two runs, but they came after he thought he had a hitter struck out on a pitch which was called a ball.

Stephen Piscotty was hit by pitches twice in the game. The Cardinals have now been hit by a pitch 11 times in their 12 games, the two times for Piscotty and once each for nine players.

At the plate: Fowler is now hitting .364 for the spring and Peralta’s average is at .357 … Greg Garcia also had two hits and drove in a run in the Cardinals’ 15-hit attack … Patrick Wisdom hit his third homer of the spring, tied for the team high. All have come in his last four games … The four runs in the eighth inning included a two-run single by Breyvic Valera.

On the mound:
Adam Wainwright worked three scoreless innings in his second start of the spring. He allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two … Jonathan Broxton, Daniel Poncedeleon and Miguel Socolovich all had a perfect inning of relief while Jack Flaherty allowed just one hit in two innings, recording three strikeouts.

In the clubhouse: The Cardinals reassigned non-roster pitchers Junior Fernandez and Jake Woodford to the minor-league camp. The two had been added from the early minor-league came when Alex Reyes was hurt, Corey Littrell suspended and Kendry Flores failed his physical all in the first two days of camp … Reyes had the cast removed from his right arm, allowing him to switch to a more mobile brace … After believing Matt Carpenter could play by the end of the week, manager Mike Matheny said it’s likely Carpenter will miss about another week because of his sore back … Corey Baker was the starter and winner for Israel in the second game of the World Baseball Classic, pitching 4 2/3 scoreless innings … Hall of Famer Bob Gibson arrived in camp and will be here for several days.

Up next: Michael Wacha will get the start on Wednesday when the Cardinals host the Nationals in Jupiter.

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