Not Your Expected Superhero Blockbuster
[UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.] -- JZ is out after just two innings; Terrell Young on the mound. Zimmermann, by one count, threw just 47 pitches.
Jordan Zimmermann's spring infallibility lasted today until the Cardinals had taken all of, um, four or so swings. Right off the bat in the first inning, Zimmermann allowed back-to-back singles, creating a first-and-third situation.
He forced Albert Pujols to pop out, but then Chris Duncan hit an RBI single and Ryan Ludwick absolutely crushed one off the center field wall, giving the Cards their second run. The third and final run of the inning scored when Khalil Green sprayed a liner to right, which forced Austin Kearns to run in a few steps in pursuit.
Kearns needed to reach his glove down to his knees to make the running catch. But the ball skipped off his glove, and Duncan strolled in front third base. E-9.
Zimmermann then struck out the final two hitters of the inning.
In all, three runs, four hits.
He's allowed two more hits here in the second. Those six hits overall are as many as he'd allowed in his previous 12-1/3 innings this spring.
Wait -- he just allowed a seventh, a line drive double into the left-center gap by Pujols with two aboard. Cards are now up 5-0.
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