Windy, 54 degrees
Result: Nationals 7, Cardinals 6
Shane Robinson continued to make a strong case for winning the fourth outfielder post with his second home run of the spring and another two-hit day. Robinson is now hitting .555 for the spring.
Ty Wigginton, signed to be a right-handed threat off the bench, was 1-for-4, but actually his spring average go up, to .105. He did get an RBI with a groundout. Wigginton is just 1-for-19 this spring. Ronny Cedeno, the other position free agent signee in the off-season, was 0-for-3, playing third base, and is now hitting .133 for the spring.
On the field:
Shortstop Pete Kozma, trying to take advantage of Rafael Furcal’s absence, was 3-for-3 and raised his spring average to .450 … The Cardinals brought two players in their select early minor-league camp on the trip, outfielders C.J. McElroy and James Ramsey, and both played well. McElroy was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs, and Ramsey had a hit and a walk and scored a run… Jaime Garcia made his second start of the spring and worked three innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out four while walking one … The Cardinals failed to protect a 6-5 lead in the final two innings, with Mikael Cleto giving up the tying run in the eighth and Eduardo Sanchez allowing his first two hits and first run of the spring as the Nationals got the walk-off win in the ninth.
Off the field:
Manager Mike Matheny said Furcal will be shut down from all baseball activities because of more pain in his right elbow. Furcal is still unable to throw … Matheny himself said he was dealing with a ruptured disc in his back.
The Cardinals will be back in Jupiter on Monday to play the Minnesota Twins. Lance Lynn will make his second start of the spring and the camp phenom, Michael Wacha, is scheduled to follow him to the mound.