The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Memphis Redbirds 9-3 in the annual “Battle of the Birds” exhibition game at AutoZone Park on Thursday night.
A three-run blast from Jhonny Peralta started the scoring for the Cardinals in the first inning. They had four home runs on the night.
The Cardinals open their season on Sunday, April 2nd when they host the Chicago Cubs.
Memphis begins its Pacific Coast League play on April 7 in New Orleans. The Redbirds home opener is April 11th.