Trying to bunt his way to first, Bourjos pushed a pitch down the third-base line as he led off the fifth inning. Martin pounced on the ball, spun while planting his feet and threw the speedy Bourjos out on a bang-bang play.
"To go down on a knee like that, to come up … a lot of times when a catcher tries to pull that off, the back foot slips a little bit," Matheny said. "I think he showed off a lot of his athleticism there. It was a very, very impressive play. There are not many catchers in the league who are going to pull that off. I think ours is one. Theirs is another. Not a whole lot of other guys will make that play."
There were no signs of a looming slow start for Bourjos, who hit .324 in 37 spring at-bats. He continues to hit eighth in the Cardinals' lineup against right-handed starters and, as was the case with Francisco Liriano on the mound Saturday, seventh against lefties.
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