David Freese hit a two-run homer with two out in the first and Yadier Molina hit a solo shot out of the yard in the second to lead the Cardinals to a 7-1 road win Tuesday over the Mets.
Adam Wainwright started the game for St. Louis and allowed only one hit and a walk in three innings of work. He struck out one New York batter.
Tyler Greene, Erik Komatsu and Bryan Anderson may be the three guys in camp with the most to prove. And they have each done plenty so far to gain the attention of manager Mike Matheny.
The Mets cut the lead to 3-1 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. But Greene answered in the top of the fifth with a lead-off double. He moved to third base on a ground out by Erik Komatsu and then stole home to make the score 4-1. The Cardinals have been looking to increase their team speed and Greene's stolen base was his third of the spring. Komatsu, who was 1-4 in the game with a .314 batting average for the spring, also stolen a base against New York.
Matt Carpenter doubled in a run in the sixth and Anderson, who is hitting .667 this spring, plated two more with a double in the seventh to cap the Cardinals scoring.
Highlight of the day:
I found myself standing next to a guy wearing an Angels cap today. I smiled, leaned over and looked around to make sure no one was eavesdropping before telling him in a hushed tone: You guys know that Pujols is really 37, right?"