Game Observations – March 21

Cardinals 0 @ Braves 9

Monday was a day to forget as the re-joined split squad, with the "A" team lineup, showed nothing absolutely nothing against the Atlanta Braves at the Wild World of Disney complex in Orlando, losing by the score of 9-0. Jason Marquis opposed John Smoltz.

Upcoming match-ups
Tuesday will be an off-day for the Cardinals. On Wednesday night, Matt Morris opposes Kris Benson of the Mets. Catch that game on Fox Sports Net Midwest (and KMOX).

Shaky D leads to two
In the first, a rare Scott Rolen error occurred as a hard hit ball struck him on the chest. Rolen's late throw went into second. Chipper Jones was safe there as the bases were loaded. Rafael Furcal and Chipper then scored on fly ball by Julio Franco to right. Larry Walker's throw from mid-deep rightfield was mishandled by cut-off man Albert Pujols as his throw to third was wild. That was the second of two Cards errors in the first inning.

The other Jones goes deep
Andruw Jones slammed a high, arching homer to left field in the third inning for the third Braves run of the day. In the small consolation department, Jones leads the Grapefruit League in spring home runs with seven.

Rookie goes yard
Rookie outfielder Ryan Langerhans blasted a two-run homer to deep right in the fourth inning, scoring himself and catcher Johnny Estrada.

BJ joins fun
Smoltz scored on a single up the middle by former Cardinal Brian Jordan still in the fourth, making the score 6-0.

Marquis running roughly
Marquis allowed eight hits, a walk and four earned runs in four innings. His spring ERA is now a lusty 8.56.

Filed down
Bob File gave up three hits in the sixth. A gapper to right by Wilson Betemit scored Pete Orr with the seventh run.

Izzy struggles again
The Bravos tacked on two more in the eighth as former Cards farmhand Esix Snead tripled off Jason Isringhausen. Izzy had already allowed a walk and a hit, as both runners scored.

Lefties look good
On the positive side, Mike Myers fanned two in a perfect fifth inning and his competition Bill Pulsipher allowed a harmless walk in a four-batter seventh inning.

Bats left home
Offensively, the Cards had seven hits, all singles. No hitter collected more than one.

Line scores:
Cards 0 7 2
Braves 9 13 0

Tony La Russa soundbytes:

On progress this spring
"I like everything about what is happening as far as guys coming out every day and trying to improve and get closer to opening day. We haven't been perfect, but a lot of good things have been happening."

On Reggie Sanders
"We think that Wednesday when we get back to Jupiter that he'll go day by day, doing a little bit more every day."

On the health of the team overall
"As far as the other guys, we've got some aches and pains but nothing that is real serious. And, overall, knock on wood, we've had a good camp for guys getting healthy and going about their work."

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.


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