Cardinals spring training report for Saturday, March 3

By Rob Rains

The second start of the spring for Miles Mikolas on Saturday went better than the first – but still left a lot of room for improvement.

After giving up six runs and getting only five outs in the start on Feb. 25, Mikolas allowed four runs and six hits over three innings as the Cardinals lost 9-2 to the Braves in Orlando
Mikolas has a 19.29 ERA after his first two starts this spring.

Other news and notes from Saturday:

High: Luke Gregerson made his Cardinals debut and worked a perfect inning, striking out two.

Low: Mikolas did not have the worst day of the pitchers used by the Cardinals. Jason Motte retired only one of the seven hitters he faced, giving up six hits and being charged for five runs. He shares a 19.29 ERA for the spring with Mikolas.

At the plate: Jedd Gyorko was the only Cardinal with more than one hit, going 2-of-3 and driving in a run … Jose Martinez had the other RBI with a double in the sixth, when the Cardinals scored both of their runs … Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina also made the trip to Orlando and each finished with one hit in three at-bats.

On the mound:
Mikolas did not record a walk or a strikeout during his three innings of work … Matt Bowman worked a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two … Mike Mayers allowed one of the two runners he inherited from Motte to score but otherwise had another clean outing, working 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits.

In the clubhouse: Carlos Martinez returned to the Cardinals’ facility in Jupiter after leaving on Friday to deal with a personal matter … Tyler O'Neill has been slowed because of an oblique injury that could force him to miss several more days.

Up next: Michael Wacha will make his second start of the spring on Sunday when the Cardinals return to Jupiter to host the Houston Astros.

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