SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Cardinals completed a sweep of their top two farm teams on Friday night with a win over the Double A Springfield Cardinals, but they had to borrow a few players from the minor league club to do it.

Mike Leake struck out eight and allowed one run in seven innings in the Cardinals’ 5-2 victory in their last game before heading to St. Louis for Sunday night’s season opener against the Cubs.

Trailing 1-0, the Cardinals tied the game in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Dickie Joe Thon and broke the tie on a two-run single by Greg Garcia. Thon is expected to open the year with Springfield.

An error allowed another run to score in the top of the eighth before Matt Adams delivered another RBI single for the Cardinals’ fifth run, his second hit of the game.

Prospects Sandy Alcantara and Dakota Hudson, both set to begin the year in the Springfield rotation, followed Leake to the mound for the Cardinals. Alcantara struck out the side in the eight, allowing one walk, and Hudson gave up three hits and a run.

The pitching star for Springfield was prospect Jack Flaherty, who worked four scoreless innings, pitching against most of the major-league regulars. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out one.

Austin Gomber took the loss, allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Adolis Garcia, signed by the Cardinals just at the start of spring training, had two hits and a walk for Springfield. He is set to begin the season as the team’s starting centerfielder.