Postcard from Cardinals camp for Wednesday, March 15
Weather: 66 degrees. Sunny
Result: Twins 8, Cardinals 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Cardinals had only one baserunner between the third and ninth innings in getting shut out by the Twins on Wednesday.
After Kolten Wong’s bunt single in the third, the only batter to reach base for the Cardinals until the ninth was Randal Grichuk, who walked with one out in the sixth.
Harrison Bader led off the ninth with a single, but was erased in a double play. It was only the fifth hit of the game for the Cardinals.
Other news and notes from Wednesday:
Mike Mayers had the best performance of any Cardinal pitcher, allowing just one walk in a scoreless inning of relief. He has not allowed a run in seven innings this spring.
Rowan Wick returned from the World Baseball Classic, where he pitched for Canada, and had a rough outing. Wick walked three, threw a wild pitch and gave up a hit in recording only one out in the seventh inning, with all four runners coming around to score.
At the plate:
Seven Minnesota pitchers combined to strike out 12 Cardinal batters. Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Matt Adams all fanned twice. Piscotty was 0-for-3 as his spring average fell to .143 … The Cardinals’ only hits besides the ones from Wong and Bader were singles by Tommy Pham, Greg Garcia and Eric Fryer.
On the mound:
Mike Leake allowed three runs in the third inning during his four-inning outing. He gave up four hits and walked two … Ryan Sherriff inherited the bases-loaded jam from Wick in the seventh inning and allowed one run to score before getting out of the inning and then pitching a scoreless eighth.
In the clubhouse:
Seung Hwan Oh returned from Korea, where he had been playing in the World Baseball Classic. He is scheduled to pitch in Thursday’s game … The minor-league teams are scheduled to play intrasquad games on Thursday then will begin their exhibition schedules on Friday.
After being out since March 3 because of tightness in his lat muscle, Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Twins. John Gant and Luke Weaver also are scheduled to pitch. Rosenthal has started a game since the 2012 season.