Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter throws a pitch during warm-ups of Thursday's game featuring the Cardinals and the New York Mets. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals shortstop Brendan ryan takes a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's game featuring the Cardinals and the New York Mets. By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols fouls off a ball in the first inning of Thursday's game featuring the Cardinals and the New York Mets. By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue started the game in the absence of Yadier Molina, who left Wedensday's game with an oblique injury By Lakisha Jackson
JUPITER, Fl. (KMOV) – Brendan Ryan and Albert Pujols home runs mixed with a vintage Chris Carpenter pitching performance is just what the doctor ordered Thursday afternoon, as the St. Louis Cardinals took down the New York Mets 2-1.
Carpenter,who came into the game with a 10.00 ERA in Grapefruit League, was sharp from the get-go against the Mets, as he constantly kept hitters off-balance by mixing up his pitches and hitting his spots. Last year’s Cy Young Award finalist had a no-hitter going through four innings before back-to-back singles in the fifth produced the Mets first run of the game. Total, Carpenter only allowed one run on two hits in six innings pitched, including a whopping seven strikeouts.
- Brendan Ryan hit a solo shot off John Maine in the bottom of the first to put the Cardinals up 1-0.
- Albert Pujols showed everyone his back felt pretty normal by homering to deep left-center off of Mets’ right-hander John Maine in the fourth inning. The long ball marked Pujols’ second of the spring.
- Mitchell Boggs finally had the outing everyone expected from him all spring, throwing one and two-thirds scoreless innings and only allowing one hit.
The win moves St. Louis to a record of 10-10 in Grapefruit League play.
Tomorrow, the Cardinals head to Viera to take on the Washington Nationals for the last time this spring. Adam Wainwright, who has given up six earned runs in eleven innings pitched this spring, will get the ball for the Redbirds. Manager Tony La Russa says what pitchers appear after Wainwright will be dictated by how the game goes, something he says will happen for the rest of spring training.