• A day after the Cardinals stopped the Reds' early momentum by catching quick Billy Hamilton in a rundown between third and home, manager Mike Matheny said on Tuesday that that was evidence of work well done in Spring Training. Second baseman Kolten Wong started the rundown and finished it as well; third baseman Matt Carpenter and catcher Yadier Molina were also involved.
"Rundowns are probably something we worked on more than any other of our mechanics this spring," Matheny said. "I'm real happy with how the guys ran that down. I thought that was a real nice execution. A guy like that could probably stay in until the batter/runner gets to third base. Timing couldn't have been any better."
• Outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Omaha on Monday. Joey Butler had a three-hit game, while Scott McGregor, Nick Greenwood and Sam Freeman each made multiple-inning appearances.
• Shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and outfielder James Ramsey tallied three hits and scored twice in Double-A Springfield's loss to Corpus Christi on Tuesday. Kurt Heyer gave Springfield a strong start as he allowed one run on four hits and struck out four in seven innings.