Game Observations - March 10

Real time updates from the Press Box in Jupiter during Thursday's game.

Grudz Sizzling
Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek doubled in the second inning Thursday for his sixth consecutive hit before being retired on a ground out in the third.

Grudz also teamed up with David Eckstein for a nice 6-4-3 double play to end the second.

Wainwright Impresses
Adam Wainwright fanned three while allowing just two hits and walked none during a three-inning stint in the team's intrasquad game today.

Ankiel Leaves Door Open a Crack?
When asked if he will ever return to pitching, Rick Ankiel said this: "As of now, no." While a more honest answer than dozens of retired, then unretired prizefighters give, it may not have been as definitive of an answer as the team would have preferred.

Edmonds and Bush
Jim Edmonds hustled home with the first run of the game in the second, avoiding the tag by Astros catcher Chris Tremle. Press box wags wondered why Edmonds put so much effort into the play given the game had no TV coverage. However, the mystery was solved when we were reminded that former President George Herbert Walker Bush was in attendance.

"38" on ‘Roids
Said "38" Bush about "41" Bush: "He was laughed at two or three years ago when he mentioned steroids in his State of the Union message. So, I think the problem needs to be solved. That is all that I will courageously say."

Reggie Places One
In the third, Reggie Sanders stroked a seeing-eye double up the middle for a two run single and took second as an awful throw by Astro Jason Lane went wide of third.

Carp Still Sharp
Chris Carpenter looked good again, allowing a single run in four innings. 36 of his 56 pitches went for strikes as he fanned three, walked one and gave up three hits.

Molina Armed
Catcher Yadier Molina erased an Astro runner to end the fifth.

Izzy Looking Good
Jason Isringhausen made his second appearance of the spring. He walked one and fanned two in one inning of work. A typical Izzy performance, which is just fine.

Opposites
Sure, it's only spring, but the Houston squad have lost five contests in a row, and are 1-6 overall. On the other hand, the Cards have won five consecutive games and are 6-1. Which would you rather be?

Hart at Third
Second baseman/shortstop/emergency catcher Bo Hart made an appearance at third base in the ninth inning. He had no chances. Hart also played shortstop in the intrasquad game earlier.

CC and GJ in Ninth
Carmen Cali got into some hot water in the ninth, but catcher Cody McKay threw out Astro Trenidad Hubbard at second base for the final out.

Friday's Players
Pitchers making the road trip to Viera are Flores, King, Marquis, Reyes, Tavarez, Cummings, Jarvis, Rodriguez.

Position players staying behind are Molina, Rolen, Edmonds, Mabry, Sanders, Walker.

Coming later are exclusive interviews with Wayne Hagin and Red Schoendienst and comments from Larry Walker and Tony La Russa.


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