Jupiter, Fla (KMOV) – The Cardinal bats never really got going Tuesday afternoon as the Washington Nationals beat the Redbirds 4-2 at Roger Dean Stadium.
Both teams’ runs were scored early in the ballgame as quality pitching took over in the later innings.
Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse struggled in his third outing of the spring. After getting through the first inning relatively unharmed, Lohse gave up two runs on three hits in each of the second and third frames. The right hander threw 71 pitches - 44 for strikes – over four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
- Jaime Garcia looked sharp in his appearance, setting the tone early by striking out the side in his first inning of work. Garcia finished with a whopping SEVEN strikeouts. The left-hander’s mix of fastball and off-speed pitches consistently kept hitters on their heels. Total, Garcia tossed three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit.
- Ryan Ludwick continues to assert himself as one of the better Cardinals players this spring at the plate. Ludwick went two for four on the day with an RBI.
- Colby Rasmus showed his arm strength in the top of the third inning when he caught and launched a ball to the third baseman, holding a Nationals runner at second.
The Cardinals’ Grapefruit League record falls to 5-7 with the loss. The Redbirds have Wednesday off, their first open day of spring training. Play will resume Thursday when the Cardinals host the Atlanta Braves to Roger Dean Stadium.