Marco Gonzales strong in St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 win

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Marco Gonzales pitched four solid shut-out innings on Wednesday as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 6-2 win.

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In four innings, the left-handed pitcher allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out three batters. This spring, the Colorado native has posted a 0.00 ERA over two starts. He is surely making a case to make the Cardinals starting rotation.

“I’m just trying to prove myself as a pitcher and as an athlete,” Gonzales said according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. “I’m trying to prove what I can do on the mound and hopefully land a spot on the roster. That’s my goal — and to just help the team win. I’m not looking at it as any role right now. I’m just trying to prove myself and what I can do.”

The fifth rotation spot is seeing a battle this spring between Gonzales, Carlos Martinez, and Jaime Garcia. It is assumed that Martinez has the spot won but nothing should be written in stone. If Gonzales has the best numbers amongst the three pitchers after their third or fourth spring starts, the Cardinals would have to make a choice between the three as to who wins the spot.

Right fielder Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 at the plate. In addition to stealing his second base of the spring, the Stanford alumnus scored and drove in a run.

Jacob Wilson, who started the game at third base, provided the Cardinals’ second stolen base of the game.

Yadier Molina started behind the plate on Wednesday. The catcher saw two at-bats at the plate before Cody Stanley replaced him. Molina walked and drove in a run.

Garcia takes to the mound today when the Cardinals face the Baltimore Orioles, the franchise formerly known as the St. Louis Browns. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest.

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