8/6/2014 9:18 P.M. ET
Four GCL hurlers combine on no-hitter
By Jenifer Langosch and Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Right-hander Frederis Parra combined with three relievers -- Silas Bohannan, Andrew Reidt and Kevin Alexander -- for a no-hitter on Wednesday, and the Rookie-level Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 6-1, in the Gulf Coast League.
Parra began the game with 2 2/3 hitless innings, but his wildness allowed the Nationals to score a run. He walked the leadoff batter in the third inning, and that runner scored on a fielder's choice with the help of a balk (Parra's second of the game) and a wild pitch.
Parra finished his outing with one strikeout and three walks before Bohannan entered in relief. Bohannan went 2 1/3 innings before passing the baton to Reidt and Alexander, each of whom struck out two and walked one in two innings. Alexander induced a double play in the ninth to complete the no-hitter.
This no-hitter came just four days after the Cardinals were no-hit by the Marlins. The offense had no problem on Wednesday, pounding out 14 hits, led by center fielder Magneuris Sierra, who went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs, two stolen bases and three RBIs.
Although Parra ranks fifth in the GCL with a 2.45 ERA, neither he nor any of the three relievers in Wednesday's game are heralded as top prospects. Parra was a low-profile member of the Cardinals' 2012 international signing class; Bohannan, Reidt and Alexander all joined the organization as non-drafted free agents this summer.
After Wednesday, however, each has a no-hitter on his resume.
Matheny prepping for use of DH in Baltimore
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals do not appear poised to make a roster move specifically for handling the designated hitter spot during their upcoming weekend series in Baltimore.
Manager Mike Matheny noted on Wednesday that the organization has "not had a lot of those discussions about making a radical move to this point."
Instead the Cardinals are likely to use the opportunity to give Matt Holliday a breather from left-field duties while still keeping his bat in the lineup.
The Cardinals can then plug in either Peter Bourjos or Shane Robinson as the extra position player. That would also improve the club defensively.
"The first [thing you do] is maybe figure out how to get our guys a little bit of rest," Matheny said of having the DH. "We have a couple of outfielders who are capable of going out there and doing a great job for us, and still being able to keep Holliday's bat in the lineup is certainly going to be a consideration."
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta and first baseman Matt Adams would be other candidates to serve as DH.
The rest of the Cardinals' Interleague road contests came during an eight-game span in June, and because they were played consecutively, it allowed the Cardinals to structure their roster to handle the addition of the DH. Making such a move for just three days, though, would be more complicated.
Outfielder Randal Grichuk, who hit his 21st Triple-A homer on Tuesday, would have been the likely candidate had the Cardinals wanted to dip into their system for an extra bat.
• Jim Schlossnagle, head baseball coach at Texas Christian University, was on the field during batting practice on Wednesday to watch his former Horned Frog player, Matt Carpenter. It was Schlossnagle's first visit to Busch Stadium III and just his second opportunity to watch Carpenter play professionally live.
• The Cardinals have unveiled a digital edition of their 2014 media guide, which can be downloaded on computers, tablets and smart phones for $10 at cardinals.com/mediaguide. The digital guide includes all the information in the printed version along with additional video, photos and team history. The Cardinals, who have printed an annual media guide since the 1950s, are the second team in Major League Baseball to offer a digital version, following the Yankees.
• Greg Garcia helped Triple-A Memphis to a 5-4 win over Round Rock on Tuesday with a two-out, tie-breaking single in the 10th inning. The victory ended the Redbirds' 15-game road trip, during which the team won 10 games. Grichuk hit his team-best 21st homer in the win.
• Mark Ellis has begun taking more ground balls at first base as the Cardinals ready him to be a backup option at the position. Allen Craig, before being traded, had been the backup at first. Daniel Descalso, Tony Cruz and Carpenter could also play first base if needed.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.