Monday Report from Jupiter

My third and final Spring Training game was Monday, Cards v. Astros at Jupiter.  We got to the park 2 hours early again and watched some batting practice on the practice fields.  Bill Parcells was there, chatting with Tony.  Maybe we should hire him. 

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Saw some of the pitchers taking BP, and also Taguchi, Rasmus, and Duncan.  Many Cards stopped to sign autographs, including Izzy who signed for all who gathered. 

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Our seats were in the field boxes just beyond 3rd base, so we had a great view of the action.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much action on the Cardinals’ side as they lost 5-0.  On the positive side, Wainwright had a great start. He went 4 innings and gave up 2 walks but no hits.  Unfortunately, things crumbled when the relievers came in, with Smith giving up 2 runs, and Kinney looking a mess and giving up 3 runs.  I wasn’t surprised to hear today that he’s got an injury.  I hope it’s not serious, and he can get back to his old form before too long.  Something was definitely amiss with him in the 2 appearances I saw. 

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There aren’t many offensive highlights to report.  Preston Wilson struck out twice, which caused much cheering from the drunk Astros fans in our section.  Spiezio had 2 hits. 

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Duncan started off the game with 2 sliding/diving catches in left field that gave me hope for him, but then reality came crashing back in as he misshandled and dropped a much more playable fly ball a couple innings later. 

My dad wasn’t feeling well so we cut our trip a bit short and skipped Tuesday’s game in Ft. Lauderdale.  I wish we had stuck around for today’s home run derby at Dodgertown! 

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