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Miami (18-11) «000010050690
St. Louis (11-13)000001300472

Wacha pitches 5 strong innings for Cardinals

By CHUCK KING
Associated Press
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Michael Wacha looked sharp in his final spring start Thursday, giving up a run in five innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Wacha gave up four hits and struck out six. He is scheduled to start the Cardinals' second game of the season, on Tuesday at Cincinnati. He will start the home opener in St. Louis on April 7.

Wacha did struggle in the fifth. Derek Dietrich led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Marcell Ozuna's single and scored on Brian Bogusevic's sacrifice fly to right.

''It got a little away from me in that last inning, but overall I was pretty happy with it,'' Wacha said.

Marlins infielder Ed Lucas broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. His injury should make room for Donovan Solano, who was sent to Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the day.

The Marlins won all six games against the Cardinals this spring. After losing 100 games last season, they finished 2014 Grapefruit League play at 18-11-2.

''It doesn't matter what it is, if it's a pickup game or a spring training game - winning is winning,'' Miami manager Mike Redmond said. ''We all like to win. It feels good for everybody.''

The Cardinals were 11-13-2.

STARTING TIME:

Cardinals: Shelby Miller will remain in Jupiter when the Cardinals head north on Friday. Miller will pitch in a minor league game on Saturday before rejoining the club. He is scheduled to start the Cardinals' fourth game of the season at Pittsburgh.

Marlins: Redmond named Tom Koehler as the club's fifth start, beating out Brad Hand, who will head to the bullpen. The Marlins will have a starting rotation of Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and Koehler.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Reliever Jason Motte will face minor league hitters on Saturday. He is working his way back from elbow-ligament replacement surgery and could be ready for major league action by the end of April. ... Jaime Garcia is expected to throw another bullpen in the next couple days. No time frame has been set for his return.

Marlins: Though the team doesn't expect to make an official decision until Sunday, Redmond said he expects second baseman Rafael Furcal to begin the season on the disabled list. A sore hamstring has limited Furcal to 18 spring training at-bats.

MARLIN MOVES

Miami reassigned pitcher Henry Rodriguez to the minor leagues. Rodriguez, 5-7 with a 4.24 ERA in a five-year career that includes stints with Oakland, Washington and the Cubs, signed as a free agent in the offseason. Rodriguez has a clause in his contract allowing him to opt out of a minor league assignment. The 27-year-old righty struck out 14 and allowed six runs in nine Grapefruit League innings.

The Marlins also optioned outfielder Jake Marisnick to New Orleans. They reassigned pitcher Chris Hatcher, outfielder Matt Angle and infielders Juan Diaz and Austin Nola to the minor leagues.

SCORE THIS

The Cardinals employed a defensive shift against left-handed hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia that moved third baseman Matt Carpenter into short right field, leaving shortstop Jhonny Peralta as the lone defender on the left side of the infield. Saltalamacchia hit the ball to the perfectly positioned Carpenter, who threw on to first for an unconventional 5-3 put out.

ATTENDANCE UP

The Cardinals averaged 6,733 fans for their 14 home games at Roger Dean Stadium, an increase of more than 500 fans per game from last season. It's the largest average attendance in the Grapefruit League for St. Louis since 2010. The Marlins averaged 4,532 fans - which is more than 300 per game more than last spring.

 
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Players of the Game
Miami

D. Dietrich
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Wacha
IP 5.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4010011 .267
   Alfredo Silverio, LF0000100 .000
Ed Lucas, SS-1B3110103 .333
   Ross Wilson, PR-3B0000000 .000
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000021 .281
   Matt Angle, RF2110003 .321
Garrett Jones, 1B3000021 .211
   Juan Diaz, SS2000011 .409
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000001 .174
   Anthony DeSclafani, P0000000 .000
   a-Taylor Harbin, PH-1B1100100 .000
Derek Dietrich, 2B-3B3212121 .348
   Robert Morey, P0000000 .000
   b-Alexander Burg, PH1000010 .000
   James Nygren, P0000000 .000
Marcell Ozuna, CF4121010 .186
Casey McGehee, 3B3020012 .268
   Austin Nola, PR-2B1011000 .320
Brad Hand, P0000000 .000
   c-Brian Bogusevic, PH0001000 .174
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
   Joel Jimenez, C2000003 .000
Totals35695411  
a-walked for DeSclafani in the 8th
b-struck out for Morey in the 9th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Hand in the 5th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee 2 (3, Wacha)
SF - Brian Bogusevic (1)
SH - Brad Hand (1)
RBI - Derek Dietrich 2 (10), Marcell Ozuna (7), Austin Nola (3), Brian Bogusevic (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Lucas-Dietrich-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Hand 4200120 2.70
Chris Hatcher (H,3) 1000010 0.00
Anthony DeSclafani (W,1-0; BS,1) 2544110 9.00
Robert Morey (H,1) 1000100 0.00
James Nygren (S,1) 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hand 21-17, Chris Hatcher 5-5, Anthony DeSclafani 17-13, Robert Morey 7-3, James Nygren 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hand 7-2, Anthony DeSclafani 4-1, Robert Morey 1-2, James Nygren 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Hand 14, Chris Hatcher 3, Anthony DeSclafani 12, Robert Morey 4, James Nygren 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B1000100 .178
   Stephen Piscotty, RF1111000 .342
Jhonny Peralta, SS2000011 .292
   Scott Moore, 3B2000002 .233
Matt Holliday, LF2000001 .295
   Shane Robinson, LF1011100 .310
Allen Craig, RF2010000 .313
   Jonathan Rodriguez, 1B2000002 .000
Matt Adams, 1B2010000 .283
   Pete Kozma, SS1100101 .200
Tony Cruz, C2000002 .188
   Jon Jay, CF2110001 .188
Kolten Wong, 2B2000001 .375
   Ed Easley, C2001010 .231
Peter Bourjos, CF2000012 .324
   Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Swauger, PH11100001.000
   David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
   Scott McGregor, P0000000 .000
   b-Matthew Williams, PH1000010 .000
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
Michael Wacha, P1000010 .000
   Daniel Descalso, 2B3011010 .333
Totals3247436  
a-singled for Maness in the 7th
b-struck out for Siegrist in the 9th
Batting
2B - Stephen Piscotty (4, DeSclafani), Daniel Descalso (4, DeSclafani)
SF - Stephen Piscotty (2)
RBI - Stephen Piscotty (8), Shane Robinson (7), Ed Easley (1), Daniel Descalso (11)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Robinson (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Pete Kozma (1, Misplayed grounder), Stephen Piscotty (4, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Wacha 5411160 1.77
Keith Butler 0.1000010 8.38
Randy Choate 0.2000010 1.13
Seth Maness 1100010 8.49
David Aardsma (H,5) 0.1133200 6.14
Scott McGregor (L,0-2; BS,1) 0.2322100 7.50
Kevin Siegrist 1000020 1.00
WP - Michael Wacha 2 (2), Scott McGregor (1)
HBP - Lucas (by Scott McGregor)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 37-31, Keith Butler 3-3, Randy Choate 5-5, Seth Maness 6-6, David Aardsma 10-2, Scott McGregor 11-5, Kevin Siegrist 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 5-4, Randy Choate 1-1, Seth Maness 2-0, Scott McGregor 1-1
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 20, Keith Butler 1, Randy Choate 3, Seth Maness 4, David Aardsma 4, Scott McGregor 7, Kevin Siegrist 3
Game Information
Attendance - 6181
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ian Fazio, First Base - Adam Schwartz, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Alex Ortiz