Postcard from Cardinals camp for Monday, March 20
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy
Result: Cardinals 12, Astros 6
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Cardinals broke open a tie game with eight runs in the final three innings to beat the Astros in a rare spring training night game on Monday.
The outburst included an inside-the-park home run by Greg Garcia and triples by Adolis Garcia, his first hit with the Cardinals, and Tommy Pham.
Other news and notes from Monday:
The Cardinals turned five double plays in the game, including four induced by starter Mike Leake in the first four innings.
Harrison Bader, who has been one of the breakout young players for the Cardinals this spring, had a tough game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
At the plate:
Jose Martinez also homered for the Cardinals, tying Matt Adams for the team lead this spring with four … Martinez also had a single in his three-RBI night … Greg Garcia also had three RBIs and Pham drove in two runs … Randal Grichuk and Alberto Rosario also had RBI singles for the Cardinals. Rosario was playing his first game since returning the World Baseball Classic, where he was the backup catcher for the Dominican Republic … The Cardinals took advantage of eight walks by Houston pitchers.
On the mound:
Leake allowed four runs in his five innings of work. He walked three and struck out three … Trevor Rosenthal, pitching in a role that could indicate how he will be used in the regular season, worked three innings and allowed one hit and a walk while striking out five … The final two Houston runs scored in the ninth off Miguel Socolovich.
In the clubhouse:
The Cardinals made three more roster moves after the game, sending infielder Breyvic Valera, outfielder Todd Cunningham and catcher Gabriel Lino to their minor-league camp … Dexter Fowler was a late scratch from the lineup because of illness and was replaced by Bader … As expected, Carlos Martinez returned from his stint with the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic and manager Mike Matheny said Martinez will start Wednesday’s game. He should have two starts in the last two weeks of spring training in advance of possibly pitching the season opener on April 2 against the Cubs.
The Cardinals have their second and final scheduled day off during the exhibition schedule on Tuesday.