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Carpenter pitches first inning dud; Cards lose to Marlins 7-6

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Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter throws a pitch in the second inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter throws a pitch in the second inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter throws a pitch in the second inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter throws a pitch in the second inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter throws a pitch during warm-ups in the middle of the first inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter throws a pitch during warm-ups in the middle of the first inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and the Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson

Jupiter, Fla (KMOV) – Marlins hitters put it to Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter early, tagging him for six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-6 Florida win.

To say Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter struggled in the first inning of Friday’s ballgame would be an understatement. Carpenter allowed six runs on seven hits, letting the first six hitters reach base before recording a single out. In the first inning alone, Carpenter tossed 29 pitches. Total, Carpenter gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in four innings pitched. The former Cy Young Award winner threw 72 pitches, 51  of them strikes.

 Observations/Notes

-          Albert Pujols hit a rocket two-run home run to left field on a 3-1 pitch in the third inning. The home run was the first of the spring for the perennial all-star.

-          Skip Schumaker couldn’t get out of his spring slump at the plate, going 0 for 4 on the day

-          Ryan Franklin had another good outing coming out of the bullpen. Franklin pitched a perfect seventh inning, throwing nine pitches with seven of them strikes.

-          Adam Ottavino continued his impressive spring with another great outing. Ottavino, who is slated to be the ace of the AAA Memphis Redbirds, came out of the bullpen Thursday to throw two scoreless innings of relief, with 21 of his 27 pitches for strikes

-          Brendan Ryan, recovering from offseason wrist surgery, could be in the line-up as early as Sunday when the Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves in Orlando.

 

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