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