The St. Louis Cardinals (16-8) continued their impressive spring training performance Saturday with a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals (11-15).
SP Stephen Strasburg (L, 1-4) and SP John Lannan both made appearances on Saturday, but neither could silence the Cardinals offense for long. In the second inning, Strasburg allowed back-to-back singles followed by a bases-clearing double from 2B Daniel Descalso, who then reached third on an error and subsequently scored on a ground out. Then, in the sixth inning, Lannan allowed two singles, a walk and yet another double to Descalso, which added another three runs on the board for a 6-0 game.
A solo home run from 1B Chad Tracy proved to be the only blemish on Jake Westbrook's night. Westbrook (W, 2-1) pitched 5 and 2/3 innings while allowing only 2 H and 1 ER, but did allow 3 BB to his 4 K. All told, Westbrook lowered his spring ERA to 1.50, and the Cardinals got their 16th win.
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