Postcard from Cardinals camp for Wednesday March 8

By Rob Rains

Weather: 76 degrees, overcast

Result: Cardinals 9, Nationals 3

JUPITER, Fla. – Before Wednesday’s game, manager Mike Matheny commented on how nice it was to see the Cardinals score nine runs in Tuesday’s win over the Marlins.

He got to enjoy his team doing it again just a couple of hours later.

Let by Dexter Fowler and Aledmys Diaz at the top of the order, the Cardinals jumped on Stephen Strasburg for four runs in the first inning and added two more in the second.

Fowler had a hit and a walk in the first two innings, followed by another hit later in the game, and scored twice. Diaz doubled in both of the first two innings, scored twice and drove in a run.

Fowler raised his spring average to .463. He also has drawn seven walks in 19 plate appearances. Diaz is hitting .474 for the spring.

Other news and notes from Wednesday:

Michael Wacha worked three scoreless innings, remaining perfect for the spring. In three appearances, Wacha has not allowed an earned run in eight innings. On Wednesday he gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three.

Low: Arturo Reyes, who had not allowed a run in his first 4 1/3 innings, gave up all three Washington runs in his two innings of relief.

At the plate
: Harrison Bader went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs, including his second homer of the spring. He raised his average to .381 … Randal Grichuk went 2-for-3, including a triple, while Matt Adams drove in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly … Jose Martinez stayed hot with an RBI double.

On the mound: Brett Cecil, after not retiring any of the six batters he faced in his previous game, struck out the side in his one inning of relief, although he did allow a hit and a walk … Kevin Siegrist made his first appearance of the spring and worked one scoreless inning, giving up one hit and getting one strikeout … Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless inning, as did prospect Josh Lucas.

In the clubhouse:
One day after pitching in his first game in more than a year, Mitch Harris said his arm felt much better than he expected … Former manager Whitey Herzog arrived to spend a few days in the team’s camp.

Up next: Lance Lynn will get the start on Thursday, when the Cardinals play the Houston Astros for the first time this spring.

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