St. Louis over Florida 8-1 on Saturday

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins in their fourth Spring Training game Saturday by a score of 8-1. The Cardinals are 2-2 in the Grapefruit League so far, with both wins coming over the Marlins and both losses coming from the New York Mets.

Saturday's game featured Cardinals' pitcher Kip Wells in his first start in a St. Louis uniform, and Wells did indeed impress in the win. He pitched for two innings, giving up one walk and striking out two batters. The biggest star of the Cardinals' pitchers was Troy Cate (1-0), who's two perfect innings earned him the win.

The game was uneventful for the first three innings of play, but in the fourth, the Cardinals put up a whopping four runs. The Cards also put up three runs in the sixth frame and one more in the eighth. The Marlins scored their lone run in the seventh inning, a sacrifice fly off the bat of third baseman Jason Wood. The Cardinals relied mainly on prospects to get the job done today, and they were able to make a splash even without Albert Pujols (this was a scheduled day off for Pujols), David Eckstein, Adam Kennedy, Jim Edmonds, Chris Duncan, or Preston Wilson in the lineup. The prospects that made a difference in the win were DH Rick Ankiel, center fielder Skip Schumaker, third baseman Travis Hanson, left fielder Miguel Negron, first baseman Eli Marrero, and first baseman Tagg Bozied - each of whom had one RBI. The other RBI belongs to catcher Yadier Molina, who improved his Grapefruit League batting average to .500. Schumaker led the team with two runs scored, while Molina, shortstop Jolbert Cabrera, right fielder John Rodriguez, Negron, Marrero, and second baseman Brendan Ryan each crossed the plate once.

On a bright note, star prospect Colby Rasmus came off the bench to replace Schumaker for one at-bat in the seventh - an at-bat that produced a double. Rasmus showed bat speed and base-running speed in his lone appearance in the game.

Relief pitching prospect Dennis Dove gave up the lone run, increasing his ERA to 9.00. Randy Flores, Mike Sillman, and Randy Keisler also pitched in the win. The player of the game was obviously Schumaker, who went 2-for-3 with one run scored, one RBI, one stolen base, and drew one walk. Marlins phenom pitcher Annibal Sanchez started the game for Florida (1-3), but Gabby Hernandez (0-1) picked up the loss.

The Cardinals face the Marlins again on Sunday at 1:05 P.M. eastern time. Anthony Reyes will get the start for St. Louis.

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