The curtain came down Tuesday on Cardinals spring training. But at least a light seemed to come on for Jaime Garcia at the same time.
Garcia, the Redbirds' 2010 rookie phenom, has struggled terribly with his control and command this spring. But it all came together Tuesday against Florida as he allowed only three hits and one run in six innings pitched. He walked two but struck out seven.
The Cardinals led the game all the way until the bottom of the eighth when set-up man Mitchell Boggs came in and allowed three runs on two hits and three walks to blow the save. While Boggs' performance wasn't pretty, his bullpen partner Jason Motte looked much better than he has recently. Motte pitched one inning and allowed no hits or walks with one strikeout and no walks.
At the plate, Allen Craig was the only Cardinals hitter to collect two hits. But Colby Rasmus made his one safety count, hitting a solo homer that was his third round-tripper of the spring.
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Ryan Theriot had another hitless day to drop to .175 for the spring as did Lance Berkman who fell to .182 for Grapefruit League action.
The Cardinals were to have a split squad game with several regulars playing in Springfield, MO against the team's Class AA affiliate. But a bad weather forecast caused that game to be canceled and both the Redbirds and the Marlins fielded teams that closely resembled their projected opening day lineups.