The Cardinals creative approach toward fielding cost them Thursday against the Mets when a slew of seventh inning errors led to a seven run inning by the Mets.
The Cardinals led 3-2 when lefty Trever Miller was called into the game to hold the lead. Five hits a walk and a Colby Rasmus error later, the Cardinals were down 9-3 and a large portion of the sell-out crowd headed to the beach.
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Miller collected his second blown save and saw his ERA rise to 5.40. But the news wasn't all bad for the bullpen. Ian Ostland pitched two thirds of an inning and gave up a pair of hits. But no one dented the plate and his spring ERA dipped to 32.40.
There was no save situation. But Jason Motte pitched the ninth for the Cardinals, who managed to rally to cut the score to 9-5, and struck out two of the three batters he faced to lower his spring ERA to 0.96.
Adam Wainwright started the game and whiffed eight Mets in five plus innings. He seemed to struggle a little bit with his command, but he had explosive stuff. It was fun to watch him whiff Carlos Beltran twice in front of a crowd thick with New York fans still stinging over the 2006 National League Championship Series.
Minor League outfielder Shane Robinson led the comeback effort with a home run in the ninth. Robison, who looks like a little leaguer compared to the much larger players on the field, wore number 90 on a jersey that didn't even have his name on the back Wednesday. On Thursday he sported number 95.
Khalil Greene got two more hits to raise his batting average to .404 as a Cardinal. He's right no the ball now, hitting everything hard. Even when he makes an out.
While attendance has been off pace so far this spring, Thursday's house was packed thanks to a large contingent of Mets fans who made the short trip down from Port St. Lucie.