JUPITER, FL. (KMOV.com) -- The highlight of Monday’s camp was the annual intrasquad game, which was held just after noon on Field 1.
The stakes were high this year, as the losing team had to perform all the duties of the clubhouse attendants. That means scrubbing and wiping down cleats, cleaning the showers and toilets, doing the dishes, and vacuuming the clubhouse.
“My favorite part is almost every single year, the team that’s into it the most wins that thing,” Mike Matheny said. “That’s a valuable lesson to us, because there’s a whole lot of unhappy guys in there right now.”
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Team one, led by Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk, was certainly the loudest group and rolled to a victory. If they weren’t hooting and hollering over a big hit or a big play, they were yelling out encouragement to Bryan Eversgerd, the designated pitcher for both teams.
Though it was essentially batting practice with fielders in place, Randal Grichuk earns player of the game, tagging two moonshot home runs. Stephen Piscotty also went deep, and picked up a diving catch in right field to boot.
The final score remains unknown. Asked after the game, Jose Oquendo pegged Team 1’s score as, “too many runs.”
Matt Holliday opted to watch instead of participate in the game, saying he’d gotten enough work in early Monday.
Upon returning to the clubhouse, the players immediately commenced to getting their chores done. Reliever Seth Maness and starter Mike Leake were the first two on the scene for shoe duty and were joined shortly after by Carlos Martinez, Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams.
The team has Tuesday off.
When players return to action Wednesday, some of them will face Florida Atlantic University in an exhibition game.
Austin Gomber, the Cardinals’ 2015 co-minor league pitcher of the year and FAU alum, will get the start. Gomber threw 135 innings last year in Low-A Peoria, striking out 140 hitters and walking 34.
After him some younger pitchers are expected to get work, along with Korean reliever Seung Hwan Oh.
Oh, likely the only pitcher on the 25-man roster scheduled to appear in the game, will throw an inning to continue sharpening up.
Matheny said his lineup has not been finalized yet.
Yadier Molina caught a live arm for the first time this spring, getting behind the plate for a bullpen session with Adam Wainwright.
Things were kept easy, with Molina catching a handful of (relatively) soft pitches from the Cardinal ace.
“We picked the right guy,” Mike Matheny said of Wainwright. “You want a guy who throws it where he wants to. That helps.”
Molina said things felt good afterward, and will continue to follow the training regimen.