Nationals 6, Cardinals 2
Adam Wainwright was unhappy with his location and his
The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace struggled in his second
spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over
three innings Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the Washington
Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals,
allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.
Kurt Suzuki doubled off Wainwright leading off the second and
scored on Chris Marrero’s single. One out later. Anthony Rendon
homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter’s eye beyond the
Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop
Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza’s single. Chris Marrero added
an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1.
”There are two trains of thought. You go, well it’s just spring
training, I’m just getting used to things and working on stuff,”
Wainwright said. ”The other is, that wasn’t very good. I lean
toward the second one, with a small hint of the first one.”
Unhappy with his mechanics, Wainwright allowed four earned
”I left a lot of balls up and the guys obviously made me pay
for the ones that were up,” he said. ”Rather than break with my
plan and start flipping breaking balls in there and change-ups and
sliders, I kept grinding through it.”
Gonzalez, also making his second start, allowed Allen Craig’s
RBI double in the first and Craig’s broken-bat, run-scoring infield
hit in the third.
”My arm feels good,” Gonzalez said. ”I feel healthy. I feel
where I want to be.”
Right-hander Shelby Miller, trying to win the Cardinals’ fifth
starter job, followed Wainwright in first exhibition appearance of
the year after being slowed by a sore shoulder, Miller struck out
Rendon, Perez and Espinoza in order in the fourth, the allowed Ian
Desmond’s wind-aided home run to right in the fifth.
NOTES: St. Louis SS Rafael Furcal had set Saturday as the date
he hoped to play the field for the first time this spring training,
but his sore right elbow once again kept him out of the lineup.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the game he is not
putting a time line on Furcal’s return. Cedeno made two throwing
errors from shortstop. … Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran was
scratched from the starting lineup to give an injured right little
toe more time to heal. Beltran was hit by a pitch on the right foot
during the first inning of Thursday’s game against Miami. He did
take swings in the batting cage before the game and Matheny still
expects Beltran to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball
Classic. … Washington’s Roger Bernadina went 1 for 5 with a
double and two RBIs for the Netherlands in a 5-0 win over South
Korea in the World Baseball Classic. … RHP Ross Detwiler is to
start for the Nationals on Sunday against St. Louis before joining
the U.S. team for the WBC.