Cardinals spring training report for Monday March 5

By Rob Rains

JUPITER, Fla. – The ability to get out of jams helped bail Luke Weaver and Austin Gomber out of trouble on Monday for the Cardinals against the Washington Nationals.

Weaver induced double play grounders to end both the first and second innings and Gomber got a fly out to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth as the Cardinals went on to a 2-1 win over the Nationals, their first home victory of the spring.

On a day the Cardinals made more news off the field than they did on it, Weaver’s three-inning start set the tone for one of the team’s crispest performances of the spring.

Other news and notes from Monday:

High: Relievers Tyler Lyons, Ryan Sherriff and Dominic Leone protected the one-run lead over the final three innings, allowing only one baserunner, a walk issued by Lyons in the seventh.

Low: The Cardinals had only five hits, only one of which came after the fifth inning.

At the plate: Adolis Garcia broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth and is now hitting .381 for the spring … The Cardinals; other run scored when Jose Martinez and Luke Voit worked a double steal, with Martinez scoring. Martinez had two of the Cardinals’ hits, including a double … The other two hits came from Voit and Randy Arozarena.

On the mound:
Weaver allowed three hits over his three innings, including a solo homer, did not walk a batter and struck out four … Gomber also worked three innings, giving up two hits to go with the three walks and two strikeouts … Leone got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth, registering two strikeouts.

In the clubhouse: The team announced a new six-year contract with Paul DeJong, renewed the contract of Tommy Pham and signed 24 of their pre-arbitration players to one-year deals.

Up next: The Cardinals will be the visiting team for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins in Jupiter. Jack Flaherty will make his third start of the spring.

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