Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter made it through five innings of what figures to be his last spring start.
He put up four zeros in the first four innings before giving up three hits and plunking a batter in the fifth frame to allow all three of his runs allowed. In all, Carpenter gave up eight hits and no walks while striking out one in the first five.
Carpenter took the hill in the sixth inning and got a weak grounder to short which Ryan Theriot tried to barehand but instead threw the ball into the dirt and wide of first base to allow what was scored a base hit and an error. It seems like this defense just isn't getting any better.
At the plate, Albert Pujols seems to be rounding into form. He cranked a pair of homers and was 2-for-3 with three runs driven in as the Cardinals lead 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth.