Postcard from Cardinals camp for Friday, March 24

Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy

Result: Cardinals 3, Nationals 1


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – What Michael Wacha wanted most out of spring training this year was exactly what the Cardinals needed – confidence that he is healthy.

Consider the job done.

Wacha made his sixth start of the spring on Friday and worked five scoreless innings in the win over the Nationals. He allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five as he lowered his ERA to 2.05.

In 22 innings this spring, Wacha allowed 19 hits, walked five and struck out 18.

Other news and notes from Friday:


High: The Cardinals got another triple, this time from Dexter Fowler. It was their 15th of the spring.

Low: The schedule. This was the seventh of eight games between the Cardinals and Nationals this spring, two more than they will play in the regular season. Of the Cardinals 32 games this spring, almost half -15 – are against either the Nationals or Marlins.

At the plate
: Fowler’s RBI triple in the sixth broke up a scoreless game, and he then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jhonny Peralta … The Cardinals’ other run came on an RBI single by Greg Garcia in the seventh … Matt Adams made the start in left field and was 1-for-2 and also reached on a walk … The Cardinals had just two hits in 10 at-bats with a runner in scoring position.

On the mound: Trevor Rosenthal followed Wacha to the mound and allowed the only Washington run on three singles in the sixth. He pitched a second inning and finished with three strikeouts … Miguel Socolovich, battling for the final spot in the bullpen, worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two.

In the clubhouse: Yadier Molina checked back into the Cardinals’ camp after his World Baseball Classic duty. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina likely will be back in the lineup on Sunday …. Also arriving in camp was former pitcher Chris Carpenter, who will be extra advisor through the end of camp next week

Up next: Lance Lynn will get the start on Saturday as the Cardinals face the Marlins again in Jupiter. It will be the sixth of seven games between the two teams this spring.