If there is a greater thing that a spring training day-night double header, I don't know what it is.
Especially when it results in a Cardinals sweep. And that is exactly what happend Friday with 6-5 and 3-1 wins over the Browns... I mean Orioles.
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While I am still against the idea of moving Skip Schumaker to second base, I have to give the guy a hand for turning a tough double play and making another spectacular diving stop Friday. It would have been easy for him to give up after being roundly criticized for his poor defensive play earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, infield competitor Joe Thurston didn't let Schumaker hog the spotlight with a 3-5 day at third base. It raised his batting average to .294.
Cardinals outfield prospect Jon Jay also notched a 3-5 day as he tries to nose himself into the Cardinals crowded outfield picture. He's hitting .379 on the spring, and it's hard to imagine that he doesn't have a shot barring a major trade to clear some room.
Khalil Green popped a homer in a 2-3 day.
Chris Perez got a save in the opener. But it wasn't pretty. He came into a 6-3 game and gave up two hits and two runs before getting out of the ninth inning.
Joel Pineiro had another good start in the nightcap. He pitched four innings, scattering five hits but allowing no runs. He struck out four without allowing a walk.
Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan both went 2-4 in the second game while the struggling Ryan Ludwich went 2-3 to raise his spring training average to .179.
Jason Motte got the save in the second game, allowing two hits and one earned run before nailing it down.