Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 3/2/13
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright was unhappy with his location and his mechanics. The St. Louis Cardinals' ace struggled in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings. Kurt Suzuki doubled off Wainwright leading off the second and scored on Chris Marrero's single. One out later. Anthony Rendon homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter's eye beyond the center-field wall. Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza's single. Chris Marrero added an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1. "There are two trains of thought. You go, well it's just spring training, I'm just getting used to things and working on stuff," Wainwright said. "The other is, that wasn't very good. I lean toward the second one, with a small hint of the first one." Unhappy with his mechanics, Wainwright allowed four earned runs. "I left a lot of balls up and the guys obviously made me pay for the ones that were up," he said. "Rather than break with my plan and start flipping breaking balls in there and change-ups and sliders, I kept grinding through it." Gonzalez, also making his second start, allowed Allen Craig's RBI double in the first and Craig's broken-bat, run-scoring infield hit in the third. "My arm feels good," Gonzalez said. "I feel healthy. I feel where I want to be." Right-hander Shelby Miller, trying to win the Cardinals' fifth starter job, followed Wainwright in first exhibition appearance of the year after being slowed by a sore shoulder, Miller struck out Rendon, Perez and Espinoza in order in the fourth, the allowed Ian Desmond's wind-aided home run to right in the fifth. NOTES: St. Louis SS Rafael Furcal had set Saturday as the date he hoped to play the field for the first time this spring training, but his sore right elbow once again kept him out of the lineup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the game he is not putting a time line on Furcal's return. Cedeno made two throwing errors from shortstop. ... Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran was scratched from the starting lineup to give an injured right little toe more time to heal. Beltran was hit by a pitch on the right foot during the first inning of Thursday's game against Miami. He did take swings in the batting cage before the game and Matheny still expects Beltran to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. ... Washington's Roger Bernadina went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBIs for the Netherlands in a 5-0 win over South Korea in the World Baseball Classic. ... RHP Ross Detwiler is to start for the Nationals on Sunday against St. Louis before joining the U.S. team for the WBC.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

Did Hield reveal Kings tampered with him before trade?

Nicklaus says Tiger's current situation is a 'puzzle to me'

Schroder still insists Isaiah Thomas insulted his family

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker