The St. Louis Cardinals minor
league clubs completed their final day of spring training camp in their Jupiter,
A day after there was an
unconfirmed rumor of a skirmish between tired players in camp from the
In the words of Cardinals' executive John Vuch, "A swarm of bees made their way through the infield and third base dugout in the eighth inning, causing a brief delay and a hasty stampede of players away from the field. The bees ended up swarming the steps of our tower for the rest of the game - fortunately we had decided to evacuate when we saw the cloud coming our way, so nobody was trapped in the tower. Dyar Miller suffered the only casualty from the incident, receiving a single bee sting on his finger."
Scout.com Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Sunday
The Extended club's starter was Clayton Mortensen who allowed Quad
Cities just unearned run on two hits in 4.2 innings. He did walk three and fan
three, too. Last year's supplemental round pick will be skipping
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Sunday
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The "underdogs" at least by title, won both games Sunday.
Predictably, Braden Looper fared better against the
high-A-labeled hitters on Sunday than Brad Thompson did on Saturday against
the Double-A club. Looper allowed three runs, two earned in 6.1 innings,
including a Tommy Pham home run. He
allowed seven hits and two walks for a WHIP just under 1.50. Looper fanned three
and will pitch next at home against
Cliff Politte had a day of "ones" as he allowed one run on one hit and struck out one in one inning on the mound. He needs to put up some more zeroes before getting back to the bigs. Mark Worrell went 1.2 shutout innings on two hits. He fanned three. Chris Perez finished with one perfect inning including a strikeout.
Extended Spring Training club 4, Quad Cities 1
For Quad Cities on the mound,
After Mortensen, the Extended club's other pitchers put up some zeroes. Jess Todd spun one perfect inning including a strikeout. J.D. Stambaugh also pitched one scoreless on two hits. Kenny Maiques got two outs with no scoring.
At the plate for Quad Cities, Domnit Bolivar (single and triple) and Jose Garcia (single and double) each went 2-for-3. What a surprise here. Spring standout Matt Arburr tripled and scored a run and number one draft pick Pete Kozma walked three times.
The Extended club had enough hitting as Mateo Marquez went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI. Chris Gibson singled and doubled with an RBI in four at-bats. Osvaldo Morales doubled, scored and had an RBI, too.
Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.
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