Postcard from Cardinals camp for Monday, March 13

By Rob Rains

Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy

Result: Cardinals 6, Astros 3

JUPITER, Fla. – A four-run sixth inning propelled the Cardinals to the win over the Astros on Monday, and once again one of the key hits came from Jose Martinez.

Martinez drove in the final two runs with a single after Dexter Fowler, Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty all doubled.

Martinez also had a single in the game as he raised his spring average to .424.

Other news and notes from Monday:

High: Jedd Gyorko hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the second inning.

Low: Tommy Pham was 0-for-4, including two strikeouts, as his spring average fell to .194.

At the plate:
Peralta and Piscotty had the other two RBIs in the sixth inning rally .. Fowler’s double was his only hit in three at-bats, which actually lowered his spring average to .429 … Magneuris Sierra started in right field and was 1-for-3. He is now hitting .387 for the spring.

On the mound:
Michael Wacha became the first Cardinals’ starter to pitch five innings this spring, needing only 59 pitches. He allowed his first two runs of the spring, did not walk a batter and struck out four … The other Houston run came against Jonathan Broxton … Mitch Harris, Austin Gomber and Miguel Socolovich all worked scoreless innings.

In the clubhouse
: The Cardinals made their first roster cuts of the spring, sending 10 players to the minor league clubhouse and pitcher Marco Gonzales to the rehab unit … Sent out were pitchers Gomber, Jack Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara, Daniel Poncedeleon and Robby Rowland; catchers Daniel Ortega, Jeremy Martinez and Andrew Knizner and infielders Edmundo Sssa and Eli Alvarez … Matt Carpenter, as expected, began swinging in the cage and still hopes he can play by the end of the week … The Cardinals brought pitchers Jordan Hicks and Ronnie Williams over from the minor-league camp but neither got into the game.

Up next:
The Cardinals have their first scheduled day off of the spring on Tuesday, although Lance Lynn will throw to minor leaguers so he can stay on schedule. Mike Leake will get the start fror Wednesday’s game in Fort Myers against the Twins.

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