WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Anibal Sanchez of the Nationals hadn’t faced the Cardinals since he set the tone for the sweep of the 2019 National League Championship series in Washington by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Game 1.
The Cardinals finished that night with one goal over Sanchez in a 2-0 win over Miles Mikolas in Washington. The Cardinals had 12 times as many hits off Sanchez in four innings on Wednesday in a 29-8 smackdown. For the day, the Cardinals had 26 hits and opened up an already one-sided game with 15 runs in the eighth inning.
Paul DeJong, who batted .471 for the spring, batted in five runs with a three-run homer (off reliever Austin Voth) and a single.
Paul Goldschmidt, who entered the game with .400, increased his average to .526 with four hits, including two basehits and a homerun off Sanchez.
Yadier Molina, who played in his second game of the spring, had a long homerun off the left and a double.
Leadoff-man Dylan Carlson, who was on base three times in four at bats, singled in each of the first two innings off Sanchez, who didn’t pitch last season and was fortunately eliminated after 89 pitches.
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Albert Pujols, who appeared in Cardinals livery for the first time since the 2011 World Series, grounded into a basesloaded double play that scored a run, popped out with two men on, then singled in his third at bat while as designated batter.
“It feels good to be back in a real game, on the field, competing and facing pitching in the big league,” said Pujols. could play today – and it was good. I felt like I was doing some great swings and trying to get my feet wet again. †
Mikolas made his second start in the Grapefruit League, giving up one run over five innings, giving up only four hits — one from a broken bat — and hitting one batter. He walked no one and fanned out two in making 68 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Mikolas left the game after he retired the Nationals, but the last batter he faced reached base with a grounder in the sixth, and lefthander TJ McFarland gave up a three-run homer to Josh Bell later in what was a four- became run inning.
The Cardinals’ reserves answered that and more in the eighth, although rookie Juan Yepez had to leave after being hit with a pitch to the left of his face.
In regular season, the Cardinals had never scored as many as 15 runs in one inning, hitting their previous high of 12 twice, most recently in 2012 in Chicago. Their regular season peak of 28 runs came in 1929 in Philadelphia.
The Cardinals are 6-4 for the spring and Washington is, unsurprisingly, 1-10.