Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter throws during a drill at spring training on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (Laurie Skrivan, firstname.lastname@example.org)
JUPITER, Fla. — Dylan Carlson didn’t start Wednesday’s game and Nolan Gorman wasn’t supposed to. But the hopes of the Cardinals’ future, perhaps sooner than we think, combined to account for three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to put their club ahead.
But the Cardinals were caught and passed by the Miami Marlins 8-7 in an exhibition contest.
Carlson, a 21-year-old first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2016, tripled past former Cardinal Magneuris Sierra with one out in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on 19-year-old Gorman’s second of three hits for the game, a double off the wall against lefthander Adam Conley.
Gorman, the club’s top selection in the 2018 draft, had three runs batted in and scored once as a replacement for third baseman Matt Carpenter, who was scratched because of back tightness.
In the seventh, Carlson doubled and scored again as Gorman stroked a single through the right side.
Speaking of Gorman, acting manager Ollie Marmol said, “The most impressive thing about that kid is his composure, especially (with me) coming up to him and saying, ‘Hey, you’re in there today,’ on a day he felt he was coming in in the fifth or sixth inning. He took it in stride. He’s just very mature…