The big league club got roughed up by the National yesterday; Adam Wainwright and Seth Maness gave up 7 of the Nationals’ 8 runs in the first 5 innings. The rest of the system faced the Marlins’ system and took 2 out of the 5 games.
Like the previous reports, I’ll list each team first with their opponent’s score second; the stats come from the Cardinals, so they don’t keep totals for players, like average for hitters and records for pitchers.
**Note: Allen Cordoba is listed twice; I don’t know if this was an error or if he played in both games.**
Luis Perdomo, rhp, Padres. A Rule 5 pick by the Rockies from the Cardinals and then sold to the Padres, Perdomo has struggled this spring, posting a 15.43 ERA even with Thursday’s scoreless inning. However, he’s still in the running for a spot in the Padres’ pen, and impressed manager Andy Green, especially with his newfound splitter. “I had five pitching coaches coming in raving about his split-finger, so classic cynic, I said I want to see it out on the field,” Green told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Saw it, and it was biting hard. Saw some swings and misses. (Jake) Lamb ended up walking, but he swung at a pretty nasty split.”
It would be nice if Perdomo didn’t stick and make his way back to the system; I would think that his ERA is an indication that most teams wouldn’t keep him. The Padres aren’t most teams though and have openings in their bullpen. Since he has to stick all season, there is still a chance he gets sent back, if he were to have a couple of rough outing in the regular season.
The Cardinals face the Mets today at 12:05 CST; Michael Wacha will get the start. The AAA and AA squads will travel to Port St. Lucie to face their Met counterparts; Hi A and Lo A will face off on the backfields in Jupiter. All minor league games will start at 1:00.