Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who played for the first time since March 12 due to a strained rib cage, stands in for his first at-bat of Monday's game between the Cardinals and Red Sox By Lakisha Jackson
Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez throws a pitch in the first inning of Friday's game between the Marlins and Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue check swings during an at-bat in the second inning of Monday's game between the Cardinals and Red Sox By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals Hall-of-Famer Red Schoendienst shakes hands with a Boston Red Sox coach at home plate before Monday's game between the Cardinals and Red Sox By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan making a throw to first base during warm-ups before the second inning of Monday's game between the Cardinals and Red Sox By Lakisha Jackson
JUPITER, Fla. (KMOV) – A huge eighth inning is all the Cardinals needed Monday afternoon to defeat the visiting Red Sox 13-8 at Roger Dean Stadium.
The game didn’t start off great for the Cards, however.
Cardinals’ starter Brad Penny ran into trouble early and often in his fourth start of the spring. The Cardinals right-hander consistently left balls up in the zone and Red Sox hitters made him pay for it. In total, Penny allowed seven earned runs on ten hits through four innings.
- Skip Schumaker, who at one point was 4 for 33 at the plate in Grapefruit League, went four for five on the day. Schumaker is now six for his last seven at-bats as he continues to bust out of his slump.
- Matt Holliday returned to the line-up for the first time since straining a muscle on the right side of his rib cage. He went one for four at the plate, highlighted by an RBI double in his second at-bat.
- Adam Ottavino, who pitching coach Dave Duncan and manager Tony La Russa said yesterday would get looked at as a candidate for an open bullpen spot, didn’t duplicate the smooth outings he had in his last two games. Ottavino was put it in the ninth inning to finish up the game with a 13-7 Cardinal lead. He gave up one earned run on two hits.
- Ryan Franklin, who was credited with the win, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, only allowing one hit.
- Dennys Reyes and Trever Miller had stellar outings, both pitching perfect sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
- Jon Jay showed some defensive prowess in the game, making a spectacular catch in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, a ball was sliced down the left field line. Jay gave chase and made the catch running at full-speed, nearly tumbling into the wall lining the left field foul line.
Random Notes: Albert Pujols was scheduled to play today against the Red Sox, but was scratched from the line-up feeling tightness in his lower-back. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak talked to the local media after the game, saying Pujols received an MRI this morning to try and locate the root of the problem. Mo also mentioned that Pujols was given a shot, but that he was not certain as to what type of shot it was. Pujols will have tomorrow to rest because of the off day and will be reexamined on Wednesday.