Patrick Wisdom, who had a double in Monday's game, is making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association for every hit he gets this spring. (USA Today Sports)

By Rob Rains

There was a special significance behind Patrick Wisdom’s double in the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ game on Monday against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers.

It was his first hit of the spring, and also the first hit since Wisdom decided to donate $10 for every hit he gets this spring to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“My wife and I just decided to try to support them in any way we can,” Wisdom said. “It’s such a great cause so why not have some fun with it.”

Wisdom got the idea after he came across a Tweet from Brayden Bishop, an outfielder in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system, talking about how he was starting a similar campaign to raise money for Alzheimer’s.

Wisdom, who now lives in Seattle, said he had no connection with Bishop but decided to support his cause. Since then, other minor-league players have joined the effort, as have college teams pledging to donate money for hits or strikeouts.

“People are joining the fight, and it’s definitely cool to see,” said Wisdom, who noted that somebody close to both him and his wife is struggling with the disease.

The double was Wisdom’s only hit of the day in four at-bats as the Cardinals lost 5-4 to the Twins.

“Hits are hard to come by,” Wisdom said. “This is going to make them that much more gratifying.”

Wisdom's Twitter handle is: @PatrickWisdom5

If you would like to help raise money for Alzheimer's research, tweet this out with the amount you want to support Patrick Wisdom:

@PatrickWisdom5  I’m in this fight to End Alzheimer’s with @bradenbishop7. During spring training I will be donating $10 to Alzheimer’s for every hit I get #Hits2EndALZ @4MOM_ALZ #letsgo!!

That was Wisdom's pledge, you can pledge any amount and for any reason--- Wisdom's hits, the Cardinals hits, in honor of someone you love. 

Other news and notes from Monday:

After two games in which the Cardinals’ starting pitcher struggled in the first inning, Michael Wacha sailed through that inning and allowed only one runner to reach base, on a walk, in his two innings of work.

Jordan Schafer’s attempt to show he can make a switch from playing the outfield to pitching is not going well. He gave up two hits and walked two in just 1/3 of an inning and after two brief appearances this spring has an ERA of 94.50.

At the plate:
The young outfielders had another good game as Adolis Garcia had two hits and an RBI and also threw out a runner at the plate while Oscar Mercado had a pair of stolen bases … Rangel Ravelo, who played first base at Memphis last year, had two hits and two RBIs … Carson Kelly also doubled in a run … Paul DeJong was 0-of-3, striking out twice.

On the mound
: Prospect Dakota Hudson followed Wacha to the mound and gave up four hits and walked two in his only inning of work … Josh Lucas retired all five batters he faced, striking out two, while Matt Bowman recorded a 1-2-3 inning … Prospect Connor Greene gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Up next:
The Cardinals stay in Fort Myers to play the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday as Luke Weaver will make his first start of the spring.

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