The Cardinals remembered to bring their hitting shoes on the long trip to Viera Friday to play Washington.
Well, at least the kids did.
Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso and Allen Craig each collected a pair of hits, racking up eight hits and six runs in four innings against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman. Ryan Theriot was unable to join in on the fun, however, notching another hitless day in three at bats to drop his spring batting average to .154.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, who has struggled something awful so far this spring, was somewhat better Friday. He allowed two runs on five hits in four innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out one.
Tied at two runs apiece after three innings, the Cardinals scored four times in the top of the fourth and the Nats countered with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth. But the birds were able to tally three more in the seventh and one run in the eighth to put the game away for good.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter had a double and a triple with a run scored and an RBI.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Descalso's homer in the seventh inning.
Lowlight: Theriot's collar.