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Cardinal Wrap Up: Marlins 5, Cardinals 4

Yadier Molina congratulates Carlos Martinez.
Yadier Molina congratulates Carlos Martinez.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Sure, it's spring and the wins/losses don't matter; it's the small things that matter. Like Yadier Molina going 2 for 3 or Allen Craig being robbed of a hit in the first inning. There was a lot to note in the game.

Carlos Martinez looked pretty sharp, other than a breaking pitch that didn't break; Garrett Jones took the high pitch deep for a 2-run homer. While Fox Sports Midwest wasn't showing the speeds, Martinez looked like he was throwing hard. The slider looked good in limited use. Other than the 1 pitch, it was a good outing.

Tyler Lyons also looked good. He flew through 2 innings without issue. Marco Gonzales, last year's first round pick, pitched 2 innings and didn't look bad; he doesn't have the heat that we've seen from other Cardinal prospects, but he located his pitches pretty well for his first spring outing. He did give up 2 runs though.

Non-roster invitee Pat Neshek looked good when his defense wasn't failing him; Randal Grichuk dove for a liner and missed it. The throw in wasn't any better, when they could have gotten Brent Keyes, the hitter, at third; Keys would would score later. Keith Butler and Jorge Rondon also pitched.

On the hitting side, Craig looked good in 2 at bats. As previously mentioned, Craig was robbed of a single in the first by Giancarlo Stanton. He did get a double in his next (and final) at bat in the 4th; prospect Stephen Piscotty ran for Craig and would score after consecutive singles by Matt Adams, Molina, and Peter Bourjos.

The bats were quiet until the bottom of the 9th, when prospect Patrick Wisdom ripped a 2 run homer. Unfortunately, it was too little too late.

One area of concern was Kolten Wong; he looked over matched against Jose Fernandez. Granted, it was the first spring game and he's got plenty of time to get going. He was also facing an elite pitcher.

On the prospect side, we got quick glances of Piscotty, Grichuk, Wisdom, Carson Kelly, James Ramsey, and Greg Garcia. Pitching prospects included Martinez, Lyons, Gonzales, Butler and Rondon.