Postcard from Cardinals camp for Sunday, March 12

By Rob Rains

Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy

Result: Cardinals 9, Marlins 9 (tie)

JUPITER, Fla. – A ninth-inning collapse cost the Cardinals a win on Sunday.

The Marlins, who earlier trailed by margins of 5-1 and 8-3, rallied from a 9-5 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, which was called by mutual agreement after the ninth. The Cardinals were the visiting team between the two teams which share Roger Dean Stadium.

It was the second consecutive tie for the Cardinals.

Other news and notes from Sunday:

High: Matt Adams hit his second homer in as many games, his third of the spring, and Paul DeJong hit a three- run shot to help the Cardinals open the 9-5 lead.

Low: Sam Tuivailala and Robby Rowland could not protect the lead in the ninth. Tuivailala gave up two hits, walked two and hit a batter, leading to the four runs. The tying run scored on a wild pitch from Rowland.

At the plate:
Aledmys Diaz was in the lineup after missing three games because of a leg cramp. He had an RBI single in two at-bats … Jose Martinez stayed hot with two hits, including a triple, and Adams added an RBI double to his home run .., Tommy Pham had two hits, including a two-run single ... The other RBI came on a single by Magneuris Sierra.

On the mound:
Adam Wainwright allowed one run in his four innings of work, giving up four hits while walking two and striking out three … Jordan Shafer, trying to make the team as both a reliever and outfielder, had to come out of the game after getting two outs in the seventh. He allowed two hits and two runs before suffering a tight forearm … Luke Weaver made his first appearance since March 1 and had a rough outing,also giving up two hits and walking two, leading to two runs, in his one inning … Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless inning.

In the clubhouse: For the second day in a row manager Mike Matheny had to leave camp as he recovers from a bout with the flu. Team doctors were worried that he might still be contagious … General Manager John Mozeliak said Trevor Rosenthal, who has been out because of tightness in his lat area, needs to pitch at some point this week if the team is going to be able to get his pitch count up to where he could work multiple innings at the start of the season … The first round of roster cuts likely will be coming on Monday, Mozeliak said.

Up next:
Michael Wacha is set to make his fourth start of the spring on Monday when the Cardinals host the Astros. Also scheduled to pitch are Mike Mayers, Austin Gomber and Jonathan Broxton. Tuesday will be the team’s first day off of the spring.

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