Cardinals spring training report for Wednesday, Feb. 28

By Rob Rains

Trailing 9-1 in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Sarasota, the Cardinals rallied for eight runs to tie the game and scored another run in the eighth to pull off the comeback 10-9 victory.

Yairo Munoz had three hits for the second game in a row, including his first two homers of the spring, both of which came in the seventh inning. He led off the inning with a homer and later added a two-run shot when he came up to bat again, tying the game.

Munoz was a late addition to the Cardinals’ starting lineup, playing in right field, after scheduled starter Rangel Ravelo was scratched just before the game began.

The Cardinals sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh, with the other big blow a three-run double by Wilfredo Tovar, an infielder who spent last season at Triple A Memphis.

Other news and notes from Wednesday:

High: John Gant became the first Cardinals pitcher to work three innings this spring as he recorded seven strikeouts in his relief appearance.

Low: Daniel Poncedeleon struggled in his second game of the spring, failing to retire any of the four batters he faced and giving up two home runs.

At the plate: Munoz’s first hit of the game was an RBI single in the fifth inning, driving in the first Cardinals’ run … Alex Mejia also had a good day at the plate, going 2-of-2 and driving in two runs, one with an RBI single during the seventh-inning rally and the second a two-out RBI single in the eighth that broke the tie and gave the Cardinals the 10-9 lead.

On the mound: Jack Flaherty made his second start of the spring and ran into trouble as he tried to pitch into the third, allowing two hits and a walk before Manny Machado connected for a grand slam. Flaherty struck out three and walked two in his two-plus innings of work … John Brebbia relieved Flaherty and struck out the side, pitching around one hit … Jason Motte and Matt Bowman also turned in scoreless innings in relief. Motte allowed one hit while Bowman retired all three batters he faced in the ninth with one strikeout, earning his first save of the spring.

Off the field: Back in Jupiter, Alex Reyes threw his first live batting practice of the spring as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals are bringing him along slowly and if he pitches in a game this spring it likely will be near the end of camp.

Up next:
Adam Wainwright is set to make his first start of the spring on Thursday as the Cardinals return to Jupiter, hosting the Minnesota Twins.


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