Martinez strikes out two over three innings; Wisdom homers in ninth
JUPITER, Fla. -- Carlos Martinez rebounded after allowing a first-inning home run by retiring the final seven Marlins batters he faced in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins on Friday in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams at Roger Dean Stadium.
Martinez struck out two and threw 25 of his 36 pitches for strikes in a three-inning outing. It was a solid spring debut for the 22-year-old right-hander, who is competing for a spot in the Cardinals' rotation.
A go-ahead RBI double by Marlins designated hitter Ty Wigginton broke a seventh-inning tie. Facing Cardinals lefty Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Wigginton doubled home Rob Brantley with one out. Wigginton, who signed a Minor League deal with Miami this offseason, is actually still collecting a paycheck from the Cardinals. St. Louis released him last summer after signing him to a two-year deal just months earlier.
The Marlins tacked on a second run in the seventh on a run-scoring triple by outfielder Jake Marisnick. In 1 2/3 innings, Gonzales walked three and allowed two hits.
Miami took an early lead when first baseman Garrett Jones made his organizational debut with a two-run homer off Martinez. The two-out, first-inning blast followed a hit by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
In his first appearance as the National League's reigning Rookie of the Year, Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed singles to Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson in the second before stranding both runners in scoring position. The right-hander threw 32 pitches, 23 of which were strikes.
Right-hander Tom Koehler followed Fernandez and retired all three batters he faced. Mike Dunn and Chris Hatcher also made scoreless relief appearances for Miami.
The Cardinals tied the game in the fourth with four straight hits off right-hander Chaz Roe. Allen Craig started the rally with a ground-rule double; Matt Adams and Peter Bourjos contributed RBI singles. In between, Molina, playing as the designated hitter, tallied the second of his two hits.
Lefties Tyler Lyons, also a candidate for a rotation spot, followed Martinez on the mound and retired six of the seven batters he faced. Outfielder Brian Bogusevic reached base against him with a two-out single in the fifth.
Austin Nola, who had a three-run double on Thursday, added an RBI single in the ninth to make it 5-2. The Cardinals got within a run in the bottom half on a two-run homer by Patrick Wisdom.
Up next: Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is expected to make his organizational debut on Saturday, when the Cardinals face the Marlins -- this time as the road team -- at Roger Dean Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. Matt Holliday is also slated to see his first spring action and will be in the lineup as the designated hitter. Lance Lynn will start for St. Louis and will be followed on the mound by Seth Maness, Sam Freeman and Randy Choate.