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Rich Hill struggles; Braves beat Cards 5-3

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Cardinals pitcher Rich Hill throws a pitch during warm-ups of Thursday's Braves-Cardinals game By Lakisha Jackson Cardinals pitcher Rich Hill throws a pitch during warm-ups of Thursday's Braves-Cardinals game By Lakisha Jackson

Jupiter, Fl (KMOV) – Early runs given up by Cardinals starting pitcher Rich Hill was all the Atlanta Braves needed Thursday afternoon, beating St. Louis 5-3.

Hill really struggled from the get-go. Making his first start of the spring, Hill tossed three innings, allowing three runs and walking five batters. Hill also gave up a monstrous two-run home run shot to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (The ball went so deep it hit off the roof of the Marlins’ spring training offices beyond the left field wall).

Other notes/observations:

- Colby Rasmus made a great defensive play in the top of the fourth inning. With a runner on first with two outs, Rasmus ranged all the way to his left to make a diving catch. Rasmus continues to impress this spring both at the plate and on defense.

- Nick Stavinoha kept his spring hot streak alive today, going two for two on the day with an RBI. Stavinoha is hitting a ridiculous .438 in Grapefruit League action.

- Mitchell Boggs’ spring training slump on the mound continued Thursday, conceding two runs on three hits in one inning pitched.

- On the other hand, one reliever who continues to make a case for a spot on the 25-man roster is Fernando Salas. Salas pitched two innings today against the Braves, only allowing one hit and striking out three. An afterthought coming into camp, Salas has done everything right so far in the chances he’s been given.

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