Barton, who is competing to find a spot in the crowded outfield on the Cardinals 25-man roster hit a pair of two-run homers Sunday, as many home runs as he hit the entire last season in 153 Major League at-bats, while adding a two run double as he drove in six runs to pace the Redbirds offense.
Joe Mather, competing for the temp job at third base until Troy Glaus returns, drove in three runs and scored twice, while shortstop Khalil Greene went 3-for-4 on the day, driving in a run and scoring another. Infielder Tyler Greene continued to make his case for keeping him on the team as a utility infielder, as he went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs in Sunday's game. Tyler, who has a team leading six hit this spring, is hitting .500 (6-for-12), through his first five games, while scoring four runs and driving in three.
Starter Joel Pineiro got the start and allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work. Relievers Kyle McClellan and Brad Thompson surrendered three runs in relief, while lefty specialist Ian Ostlund had another rough day at the office, facing just two batters, giving up two doubles and two runs.
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Infielder Brendan Ryan took a turn in the batting cage Sunday for the first time since developing tendinitis in his right wrist, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Ryan has yet to take part in an exhibition game this spring with no timetable currently scheduled for his return. Originally considered a contender for the everyday job at second or as the Cardinals primary utility middle infielder, Ryan's role with the Major League club could be in jeopardy, due to his lack of playing time and the strong spring training performances of; Tyler Greene and Brian Barden.
Left-handed reliever Ian Ostlund gave up two more runs on two hits, both doubles, in the fifth inning of Sunday's game, as his ERA this spring ballooned to 45.00. Ostlund signed as a minor league free agent on 11/21/08 after spending eight seasons in the Detroit Tigers chain. This is his first big-league camp as he tries to compete against lefties Charlie Manning and Royce Ring for a spot in the Cardinals bullpen. Last season he pitched in relief for Triple-A Toledo going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA. He walked just 17 batters compared to his 77 K's. This spring Ostlund has appeared in two games, pitching a total of one inning, giving up five runs, all of them earned on five hits. Even though it is very early to draw conclusions from spring training performances, Ostlund is going to have an uphill struggle to secure a spot on the Cardinals 25-man roster. I have him fourth on the Cardinals bullpen left-handers depth chart.
The Cards play the Rays at home before traveling to face the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. Wednesday is a scheduled open date and Thursday is an exhibition game against the Dominican's WBC team at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter Florida.
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