Wainwright so-so in Cardinals 7-4 loss to Nationals
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a ball to the plate in the first inning of Friday's game featuring the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. (Brendan Marks/KMOV) By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals first base coach Dave McKay talks with infielder Julo Lugo after he walked in the first inning of Friday's game featuring the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. (Brendan Marks/KMOV) By Lakisha Jackson
Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn takes a swing in his first at-bat of Friday's game featuring the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. (Brendan Marks/KMOV) By Lakisha Jackson
David Freese started at third base in Friday's game featuring the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. (Brendan Marks/KMOV) By Lakisha Jackson
Cardinals rightfielder Ryan Ludwick sits in the dugout during Friday's game featuring the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. (Brendan Marks/KMOV) By Lakisha Jackson
VIERA, Fla. (KMOV) – A couple of bad pitches mixed with some untimely errors did the Cardinals in Friday at Space Coast Stadium as they fell to the Washington Nationals 7-4.
Adam Wainwright, who made his fourth start of the spring for the Cardinals, had the proverbial up-and-down game against National hitters. The right-hander gave up four earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched. There were some positives to be had in Wainwright’s performance, as he blanked the Nationals in the third, fourth, and fifth innings before giving up a Pudge Rodriguez two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth. The 2010 Cy Young Award finalist threw struck out eight hitters, throwing 84 pitches, 57 of them going for strikes. Wainwright also showed off some power at the plate in the top of the fourth inning, hitting a deep fly ball over the head of Nationals’ centerfielder Willy Taveras for a stand up double.
- The Cardinals lineup did some damage of their own, roughing up John Lannan for the second time this spring. Through four and two-third innings, Lannan gave up four runs on eight hits, including three ground-rule doubles.
- Nick Stavinoha added to his already stout spring training hitting resume, going two for four at the plate with an RBI. Stavinoha’s Grapefruite League average now sits at .370 after today’s game.
- Manager Tony La Russa cut two more players from the Cardinals major league roster today, as both Tyler Greene and Jon Jay were informed after they game that they will join minor league camp. Greene, known especially for his glove, never really got it going in the field or at the plate in Grapefruit League play. The 26-year-old’s spring was epitomized today when he committed a throwing error in the eighth inning. Jay, a left-handed hitting outfielder, was a strong candidate to make the club upon entering camp, but never really stood out throughout all of Grapefruit League play.
- Cardinals manager Tony la Russa told the media after the game that Colby Rasmus won’t likely play until Sunday due to a bruised knee suffered while attempting to break up a double play on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The cuts move the number of people on the current roster down to 29, which means four more players will be cut before Opening Day.
The loss moves the Cardinals to a 10-11 record in Grapefruit League play.
Up Next: The Cardinals "host" their complex-counterparts the Florida Marlins tomorrow at Roger Dean Stadium. Game starts at 12:05 CST. Brad Penny will get the start for St. Louis, his fourth against an N.L. East opponent this spring and his fifth overall.