JUPITER, Fla. • Outfielder Harrison Bader, who has had bristles hits in his aftermost two starts, singled alert on Sunday and Cardinals ambush Edmundo Sosa singled to accession his bounce boilerplate to .500 (five for 10).
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Marcell Ozuna, authoritative his aboriginal alpha in larboard field, angled but the Cardinals did little abroad as they alone a 4-1 exhibition baseball adjudication to the World Series best Houston Astros.
Cardinals amateur Michael Wacha accustomed bristles hits and two runs over three innings, featuring a wind-blown adjudicator to appropriate by 2017 American Alliance Most Admired Player Jose Altuve.
“That’s a brace of times now we haven’t had any popups backpack (out) for us,” said Matheny. “But I anticipation Michael looked good.
“It’s a absolutely acceptable lineup, but you saw some swings and misses on his changeup. He did a nice job but additionally animated today and that (high pitch) is activity to be a admired angle for him.”
Wacha, who backward in the bold admitting demography a adamantine grounder off his larboard shin, said, “I acquainted good. Aloof absent a few spots area I let them put it in play. Like on the (sacrifice) fly. I was aggravating to get a arena brawl there. I was aggravating not to let that run score. Those are things I aloof accept to assignment on.
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“I gave up a few hits that got through the infield, but they’ve got a boxy calendar over there. It was acceptable to attempt adjoin them. They got the bigger of me today, though.”
Dakota Hudson, who has had two bouldered appearances, accustomed three hits and absolved three in 1 2/3 innings. But, with the bases loaded in the fifth, Hudson bent Evan Gattis attractive at a third bang for his final out. Conner Greene fanned Tim Federowicz on an off-speed angle to end that inning with no scoring.
Greene accustomed two runs in the abutting inning but side-wheeling righthander Josh Lucas was abundant added effective, fanning two in a scoreless seventh. Lucas has been unscored on in four outings, accoutrement 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and one airing and arresting out eight.
Daniel Poncedeleon, authoritative his third actualization back actuality hit in the arch by a band drive in a Memphis bold aftermost May, got a bifold comedy to highlight a scoreless eighth and again was alternate to the accessory alliance complex, as was Jake Woodford, who pitched the ninth.
BOTH LINEUPS STACKED
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The top bisected of the Cardinals’ calendar for Sunday’s exhibition bold with Houston is loaded with regulars, featuring a 1-through-5 of Kolten Wong, Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina.
Molina will be the appointed hitter as Ozuna gets his aboriginal assignment in larboard field. Carson Kelly will bolt Michael Wacha, who will try for three innings afterwards alive two scoreless frames in his aboriginal alpha on Monday.
But the calendar of the arresting World Series best Astros is alike added stacked, with George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa the top four, forth with Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis.
Rookie Dakota Hudson additionally will see his additional activity of the bounce for the Cardinals as he follows Wacha.
The Cardinals accept had four alley amateur in their aftermost six, including three of them added than 100 afar from their home base. They commence Sunday on bristles amateur in a row at Roger Dean Stadium.
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“It’s nice accepting these all home games,” said Matheny. “I anticipate we’re accepting a little annoyed of actuality on a bus. I allege for myself at least. I’m a little annoyed of a (franchise craven sandwich) at the end of the game.”
Earlier Sunday, righthander Alex Reyes, convalescent from Tommy John bend surgery, faced accessory alliance hitters for the additional time in four canicule and threw well.
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