Cardinals' Wainwright has rough day against Nationals

3:19 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
Feb 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) chat during Spring Training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) - Even an ace is bound to have a bad outing during Spring Training. Today, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright had such a day. The visiting Washington Nationals touched Wainwright for four runs in the second inning Saturday, enroute to a 6-2 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

The line for Wainwright was rough, in three innings pitched he gave up eight hits, five runs, four earned and home runs to Chris Marrero and Anthony Rendon. On the bright side, today we did get to see the spring debut of Shelby Miller.

Miller is among three young arms competing for the fifth spot in the Cardinals starting rotation. Miller relieved Wainwright in the fourth. Miller threw just 12 pitches in his first inning of work, striking out all three batters. His line today; one hit, one run to go with those three strikeouts.

Gio Gonzalez started for Washington and was reached for a pair of runs on five hits over the first three innings. Ryan Perry tossed three scoreless frames in relief.

Allen Craig ended 2-for-3 and knocked in both St. Louis runs to pace the Cardinals offensively.

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