It unfortunately ended in a tie. But, on the bright side, the Cardinals not only played some baseball Wednesday. They played some bonus baseball.
The first spring training goes into the books as a 5-5 tie with the Marlins
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Albert Pujols was already in mid-season form, going 1-1 with a pair of walks. Rick Ankiel was 2-3 with two RBI and outfielder -- I mean second baseman -- Skip Schumaker was 2-2 with a pair of runs scored. Schumaker didn't have any charged errors. But I haven't heard anything yet about how he looked in the field.
Blake Hawksworth, once a highly touted prospect whose career stalled out in the minors, started the game and gave up three hits and no runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two before giving way to one of the prizes of the Cardinals off season rebuilding program, Royce Ring.
Ring didn't disappoint, hurling 1 1/3 innings while surrendering no hits or walks and striking out two. It was good to see positive results from ring. But I am withholding judgement until he starts to face major league hitters on a regular basis.
The Cardinals led 5-2 after seven innings but -- stop me if you've head this one before - they coughed up the lead in the eighth. Fortunately, it wasn't Ryan Franklin, Jason Motte or Chris Perez who was responsible. It was Francisco Samuel and Sean Garceau of Class A Palm Beach who were tagged for four of the five Marlins runs.