Carlos Martinez was dominant in two perfect innings, and Matt Adams delivered a two-run single in the first to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. Martinez threw 29 pitches, with 22 for strikes, while striking out three.
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton played four innings in right field, and in two at-bats, flew out twice. It was the two-time All-Star’s first game since he was struck in the face by a pitch at Milwaukee on Sept. 11. He was also wearing his protective face mask.
Marco Gonzales will get his first opportunity to audition for a rotation job on Friday when he starts against the visiting Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.