Wellemeyer decent, but Cards lose

Wellemeyer decent, but Cards lose

BRAVES 3, CARDINALS 2
at Jupiter, Fla.
Sunday, March 16

Braves at the plate: Yunel Escobar crushed a two-run homer to deep center field, and Chipper Jones added a solo home run. It was Jones' first long ball of the spring. Kelly Johnson singled and scored.

Cardinals at the plate: Adam Kennedy raised his spring batting average to .361 with a single and a double. Cesar Izturis tripled in a run, his second triple of Grapefruit League play. Brian Barton doubled.

Braves on the mound: Tom Glavine didn't dominate, but he kept the Cardinals off-balance -- as usual. He allowed two runs on six hits over five innings, with three strikeouts and one walk. Jeff Bennett allowed only a single in two innings of relief, getting four ground-ball outs.

Cardinals on the mound: Starter Todd Wellemeyer was decent, but not great, allowing two homers in five innings. Wellemeyer permitted three runs on four hits, striking out three against one walk. Chris Perez breezed through two perfect innings with no strikeouts.

Grapefruit League records: Braves 11-7; Cardinals 8-10.

Up next for the Braves: It will be one more try for Mike Hampton, who will return to the mound on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET after skipping a start due to a groin strain. Hampton had a successful simulated game on Wednesday, and he'll be on his regular four days' rest when he pitches for Atlanta in the second game of the mini-series at Roger Dean Stadium.

Up next for the Cardinals: Anthony Reyes will need to impress when he pitches for the Cardinals on Monday, because after their Tuesday off-day, innings will start to get a little scarcer. Kyle Lohse will soon be added to the rotation, meaning that Reyes, Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson will be competing for at most two spots -- with Matt Clement and Joel Pineiro possibly both soon to follow.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.