The Redbirds played their first game of Spring Training today, losing 8-3 to the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Trevor Rosenthal started for the Cards, pitching 2 innings and giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, while walking 2 and striking out none. Yes, in his first start of Spring Training got a little amped up and was rocked by Marlins hitters. In other breaking news, water is wet.
I think most Cards fans realize by now that Spring Training games in the first few weeks mean about as much as Lindsay Lohan at an AA meeting. Trevor was quoted after the game as saying, “My tempo got away from me”. “It should be better next time”. We are sure it will be Trevor.
Cards fans got to see (mostly listen unless you were at Roger Dean), the Spring Training debut of Michael Wacha, the Cardinals first round draft pick in 2012. Wacha was impressive, pitching 2 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 1 hit and striking out 3. Uber prospect Oscar Taveras went 0-2, but hit a scorcher to left field that was barely caught on the warning track. David Freese homered in his first at bat, aided greatly by the wind, and Matt Adams hit a 2 run RBI single to score the only 3 runs from the Cardinals.
In other news, Allen Craig is sitting out with a sore shoulder, and Rafael Furcal is still hampered by pain in his elbow (shocked face <~> ). Pete Kozma got the start at short, acquitting himself well. Matt Carpenter got his first work in at 2B, taking over for Daniel Descalso and making the plays you would hope he would make. Nothing earth shattering to report on any front, just a typical first Spring Training game.
Tomorrow the Cards play the Red Sox at home, with John Gast getting the start for the Birds. Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start on Monday, and Jaime Garcia on Tuesday. All in all a drama-less day, unless you count everyone’s favorite Post Dispatch columnist arguing with a fake tortoise on Twitter during the game. But then, who really cares?
Yes, we have baseball, and life is good.