at Jupiter, Fla.
Wednesday, March 31
Nationals at the plate: It was a big day for the middle of Washington's infield. Cristian Guzman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Ian Desmond was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Josh Willingham, Pete Orr and Mike Morse each added two hits as well.Cardinals at the plate: Matt Holliday tripled, walked and scored two runs as he continues to find his groove. Albert Pujols had a couple of hits and Nick Stavinoha had two RBIs.
Cardinals on the mound: Starter Adam Wainwright wasn't especially sharp, but he was better than his line might indicate. Wainwright was touched for five runs on 10 hits over five innings, striking out four against two walks (one intentional). Dennys Reyes allowed an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning, and Pete Parise surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 frames.Worth noting: Willie Harris fell and hit his head on a fly ball hit by Stavinoha in the first inning. Harris stayed in the game after being examined extensively on the field. ... Each team committed four errors and allowed two unearned runs. Grapefruit League records: Nationals 9-18; Cardinals 14-12 Up next: Jason Marquis will make his last start of the spring live on MLB.TV on Thursday before facing the Phillies at Nationals Park on April 7. While the numbers indicate he is not having a good spring, Marquis pitched well against the Braves last Saturday, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He breezed through the first four frames, but he gave up a run apiece in the fifth and sixth. John Maine pitches for the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., with a start time of 12:10 p.m. ET.
Thursday is getaway day for both the Cardinals and their Roger Dean Stadium co-tenants, the Florida Marlins. The two clubs meet in an early 11:05 a.m. CT start, as they'll both head north for exhibition games elsewhere. The Cardinals will send Brad Penny to the mound in his final tuneup before his regular-season St. Louis debut. Following the game, the Redbirds will fly to Minnesota, where they will play two exhibition games against the Twins at the new Target Field.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.