The Cardinals on Monday decided to break out their bats for the spring, hitting three homers against the Astros to notch their first Grapefruit League win of the year, 10-2.
Allen Craig, limited to designated hitter duties by a sore shoulder, and Pete Kozma, trying to win the last spot on the big league roster, hit their first longballs of the spring. But Matt Holliday was the hitting star of the show. He launched a blast onto the second story patio of the Marlins' clubhouse which is far enough behind the outfield wall that a tour bus can fit between the building and the fence.
Adam Wainwright started the game of the Cardinals and only lasted 2 2/3 innings before he exhausted his pitch count. He scattered four hits but allowed no walks while striking out three hitters.
Craig, Kozma, outfielders Adron Chambers and Shane Robinson, catcher Yadier Molina, second base prospect Kolten Wong and third baseman David Freese all had two hits each.
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Former Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel got a nice hand from the Roger Dean Stadium crowd in his first at bat. He hit a double into the gap but got a taste of his own medicine as he was thrown out trying to stretch for a triple.