Erik Komatsu continued to make his case for a spot on the Cardinals roster Tuesday as the Cardinals downed the Astros 6-1 at Kissimmee, FL.
He was 3-for-5 -- including his second triple of the spring -- with a run scored and a pair driven in to raise his batting average to .294 during Grapefruit League play. Bryan Anderson (2-for-3 with a walk) and Tyler Greene (2-for-4) helped pace the St. Louis offense.
Komatsu, a Rule Five draftee, was seemingly unlikely to make the regular season roster before Skip Schumaker tore an oblique muscle a few days ago. But his chances have gone up now that there is an opening for a lefty hitting extra outfielder.
While Greene is starting to hit better, raising his average to .235, he made his third error of the spring in the game. Lance Berkman was hitless. But he was a part of two double plays including a nifty 3-6-3 twin killing.
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Kyle Lohse started the game for the Cardinals and allowed one run on three hits and two walks over five innings.