Cardinals spring training report for Tuesday, Feb. 27

By Rob Rains

While one of the two prospects the Cardinals acquired from Oakland in the Stephen Piscotty trade has been slowed by an injury this spring, the other got a chance to shine on Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Shortstop Yairo Munoz had three hits, drove in a run and stole a base as the Cardinals earned a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Munoz, who split last season between the A’s Double A and Triple A affiliates, is likely to begin this season as the starting shortstop at Triple A Memphis.

The other player obtained in the Piscotty trade, second baseman Max Schrock, has yet to play in a game this spring because of an oblique injury.

Tuesday’s game marked a reunion for Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny and his son Tate, an outfielder in the Red Sox farm system. Even though he is in the minor-league camp, the Red Sox had the younger Matheny meet his dad at home plate with the team’s lineup card before the game. He later went into the game in center field and walked in his only plate appearance.

Other news and notes from Tuesday:

High: After starter Luke Weaver allowed an unearned run in the first two innings, six Cardinals’ relievers combined to shut out the Red Sox over the final seven innings, allowing only four hits.

Low: Despite scoring six runs, the Cardinals were just 2-of-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

At the plate: The six runs came on just six hits as the Cardinals also drew nine walks in the game … Andrew Knizner hit his first homer of the spring to account for the Cardinals’ final run in the eighth inning … Oscar Mercado was 0-of-3 but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Cardinals bunched a hit, two walks, the sacrifice fly and took advantage of a throwing error to score three runs in the third … Dexter Fowler doubled and walked in three plate appearances.

On the mound: Weaver allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one in his two innings … Austin Gomber made his first appearance of the spring, pitching around two hits and a walk in his two innings … The other relievers were Dominic Leone, making his Cardinals’ debut, Derian Gonzalez, Sean Gilmartin, Jake Woodford and Sam Tuivailala. The only 1-2-3 inning came from Gonzalez.

Up next: The Cardinals will move up the west coast of Florida on Wednesday to Sarasota, where they will play the Baltimore Orioles. Jack Flaherty will make his second start of the spring. The team returns to Jupiter on Thursday, when Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make his first start.

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