JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Rich Hill didn't do anything to improve his
bid to become the St. Louis Cardinals' fifth starter, allowing
three earned runs on two hits and five walks in a 5-3 loss to the
Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Chipper Jones delivered the biggest blow to Hill's afternoon.
The 37-year-old switch hitter put what he called his first
real-good right-handed swing of the spring on a 1-1 fastball in the
third, sending it bouncing off the roof of the clubhouse beyond the
left field wall.
The only trouble Atlanta starter Tim Hudson ran into during his
five innings came in the fourth when Colby Rasmus pulled a triple
that wrapped around first base and ricocheted off the bullpen wall
into shallow right field, scoring Felipe Lopez.
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