Cardinals Kelly Pitches - Hits Way To 6-2 Win Over Braves

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly
- photo by Tim Evearitt
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joe Kelly strengthened his bid to win the fifth spot in St. Louis' starting rotation, and he also had some fun at the plate with a trio of hits that helped the Cardinals cruise toward a 6-2 win over the Braves on Saturday afternoon at Champion Stadium.

Along with surrendering one run and scattering four hits over 5 1/3 innings, Kelly drove in a pair of runs and recorded a single in each of his three plate appearances. The St. Louis right-hander became the first pitcher to record three hits in a Spring Training game since Chris Volstad did it for the Marlins in a March 30, 2010 game against the Nationals.

Kelly fueled the Cards' three-run third inning by recording a single that put runners at first and second base with none out.
Peter Bourjos followed with a sacrifice bunt that Braves starting pitcher Gus Schlosser fielded before uncorking an errant throw that scored Tony Cruz and set the stage for Daniel Descalso to follow with a two-run single.

After producing a fifth-inning leadoff single that was followed by Bourjos' RBI double off Jordan Walden, Kelly capped his productive offensive performance with a two-run sixth-inning single against left-handed reliever Ian Thomas.

In his bid to win his battle against Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in St. Louis' rotation, Kelly retired each of the first seven batters he faced and did not allow a Braves batter to reach second base until Ramiro Pena doubled with two outs in the fifth inning. Jordan Schafer drove in Pena with the second of the two singles he recorded against Kelly.



With their starting pitching depth depleted by the injuries sustained by Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy this week, the Braves allowed Schlosser to complete four innings in his first start of the year. The big right-hander was perfect in two of his innings and surrendered three of his four hits during the third-inning uprising.

Up Next: 

Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons and the Upton brothers will get their first look at Masahiro Tanaka when the Braves travel to Tampa to play the Yankees on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Tanaka will be opposed by Julio Teheran, who now stands as the most likely candidate to be named Atlanta's Opening Day starter. 

This game will also give the Braves a chance to see their former catcher Brian McCann, who signed with the Yankees in November.

----- Source: MLB.com

Joe Kelly went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Joe Kelly went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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