Minor League Notebook
The usual sunny skies gave way to much needed rain in southern Florida Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games were shortened by rainfall.
Springfield wins 6-4
Double-A Springfield played up a level and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers' AAA Las Vegas club 6-4 in a 6-inning rain shortened game
The starting pitcher, the former Southern Illinois University star, LHP Eric Haberer pitched 4.1 IP, allowing 6 hits, giving up three earned runs. He walked three batters and struck out two on the day.
LHP Kevin Ool pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one hit and one earned run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two batters.
RHP Donnie Smith threw two pitches and then the rain came to cut short his work day.
The Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus continued his offense onslaught since being assigned to the minor league camp, going 2-for-3 with a double Friday.
Infielder Juan Richardson was 2-for-3 with a triple.
Outfielder Joe Mather had 2 homers and a walk in his three plate appearances and sports fans, if anyone looks like a ballplayer, it's Joe Mather. Last season, Mather hit .269 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 124 games for high Class A Palm Beach. Could he become a 30-30 man? I think so.
Shortstop Tyler Greene tripled and the 2005 first round draft pick is looking much better this spring at the plate and in the field. A former Top 10 prospect, he'll probably be ranked among the best prospects again after this season.
Palm Beach won 4-2 - Game called after 6 innings
The St. Louis Cardinals 2006 first round draft pick, Adam Ottavino pitched four innings, giving up two hits, no runs, 1 BB, 3 K's. Adam had problems with his control during the first two weeks of spring training, but he's been on top of his game recently.
LHP Zach Zuercher 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs.
Infielder Casey Rowlett hit a triple and drove in a run.
First baseman Mike Ferris doubled, homered and had three RBIs as he continues to punish the ball in spring training.
Infielder Jose Martinez also doubled on Friday.
Quad Cities lost 3-1 - Game called after 8 IP
RHP Elvis Hernandez pitched four innings, giving up five hits, 2 runs (earned), 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Matt Lane 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 run (earned),1 BB, 2 K's
RHP Kyle Sadlowski who spent a lot of time working out with the Springfield club this spring, pitched one inning, giving up no hits, no runs or walks and struck out one batter.
Infielder Jared Schweitzer was 1-for-2, dropping his spring average to .565 (13-for-23)
Infielder Willian Sandoval was 2-for-3 as well, but it wasn't enough as Quad Cities drops one 3-1, after the game was called in the eight because of rain.