The Cardinals started the Spring Training schedule with an exhibition against the St. Louis University Billikens. Mitchell Boggs got the start and allowed two runs in two innings. P.J. Walters followed and pitched two hitless innings, logging two strikeouts and the first win of the season. Clayton Mortensen continued to impress with three strikeouts in two hitless innings. Chris Perez allowed one hit in his only frame of work.
Colby Rasmus collected two hits, two walks, and scored four runs out of the leadoff spot. Nick Stavinoha struck out in his only at bat. Brian Barton had two safeties, including a two-run home run. Amaury Marti had two hits including a grand slam. Joe Mather notched a single and an RBI. Cody Haerther went hitless in three at bats. David Freese had two hits and scored two runs. Brian Barden logged two walks and was credited with two runs batted in. Bryan Anderson collected two hits and two RBIs. Jarrett Hoffpauir drew a walk and scored a run.
In the first game of the Spring Training schedule, the pitching really shone. Anthony Reyes surrendered only two hits in three shutout innings. Hugo Castellanos gave up two hits while striking out two in three shutout innings. Mark Worrell and Jason Motte each pitched a hitless inning. Motte was credited with a strikeout as well.
Brian Barton came in to replace Rick Ankiel and scored a run after drawing a walk. Colby Rasmus collected a double, a walk, and scored a run. Brian Barden hit a two run single. Joe Mather struck out in his only at bat.
Brian Barton led off against the Mets' new ace, Johan Santana, and went hitless in three at bats. Joe Mather replaced Barton and struck out in his only plate appearance. David Freese collected a hit in his only at bat. Colby Rasmus came in as a pinch runner and played left and center field. Amaury Marti collected a hit and scored a run in his only plate appearance. Brendan Ryan collected two hits in three plate appearances. Jarrett Hoffpauir was credited with an RBI.
Mike Parisi received the win, allowing one run on three hits in two innings of work. Jaime Garcia looked good in two innings of work. The 21-year-old allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in two innings.
Colby Rasmus led off and went hitless but did draw a walk. Joe Mather reached base twice with a hit and a walk. Jarrett Hoffpauir struck out as a pinch hitter. Brian Barden drew a walk after replacing Cesar Izturis. Brendan Ryan collected two hits and drove in a run. David Freese replaced Ryan and struck out in his only plate appearance. Freese had a rough day in the field with two errors.
Adam Ottavino threw two innings, allowing two runs on two walks while notching one strikeout. His defense failed him but the two free passes did not help him. Tyler Herron was charged with the loss after allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings.
Starter turned reliever, now starter again, Kyle McClellan, made his spring debut and showed why he has the organization excited. The St. Louis native pitched three shutout innings while striking out three. Blake Hawksworth was roughed up for five runs on five hits and two bases on balls in an inning of work. Chris Perez worked an inning, allowing a walk.
Brian Barton continued his slow start going 0-for-4. Tony La Russa was quoted that Joe Mather has a chance due to the fact the team is looking for right-handed hitting outfielders. The 25-year-old made the most of his opportunity on Sunday by reaching base twice and scoring two runs. Cody Haerther, David Freese, and Colby Rasmus each went hitless in one pinch hit at bat.
In the early going, Brian Barton is second on the team with eight at bats. Unfortunately, Barton has gone hitless. Joe Mather is tied with Barton with eight at bats and is having much more success, so far hitting .250/.375/.400. Top prospect Colby Rasmus has put up a .167/.333/.375 line. Brendan Ryan is tied with Albert Pujols with a team-high four hits.
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