By: Jim Tsapelas
The often injured Jamie Garcia threw a one hit gem on Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals took the rubber game from the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of seven to nothing. As I have written previously, the left handed Garcia has some of the nastiest stuff of any pitcher in MLB. Garcia’s pitches feature much in the way of late movement. When Garcia is hot, he is an artist and home plate is his canvas. On Thursday, Garcia intertwined fastballs and changeups to keep the Brewers off balance.
On his way to the first MLB complete game shutout of the 2016 season, Garcia struck out a career high thirteen batters, allowed one hit and one walk. Garcia wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty darn close.
Offensively, the Cardinals’ bats were alive in comparison to Wednesday night’s loss to the Brewers. Their way to scoring seven runs began in the bottom of the second; a Kolton Wong single scored Randal Grichuk. Also in the inning, a Matt Carpenter line drive double to right scored Yadier Molina and Jaime Garcia. In the bottom of the third, Brandon Moss scored on Grichuk’s first home run of the year to center. In the seventh, the sensational rookie, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked his third home run of the season, scoring Carpenter.
To put this game into historical perspective, one can more fully appreciate the specialness of Garcia’s day:
- Garcia is the first left-handed Cardinal pitcher to throw a one hit shutout since Joe Magrane in 1988.
- He is the first left-handed pitcher in St. Louis Cardinal history to throw an one hit shutout with thirteen or more strike outs.
- Jamie Garcia’s thirteen strikeouts are the highest total by a St. Louis Cardinal southpaw since HOF’er Steve Carlton struck out sixteen in 1970.
For my sabermetric friends and enemies, Garcia’s game score on Thursday of ninety-seven is the best of any MLB pitcher this 2016 season.
Friday, the hot Cincinnati Reds visit Busch Stadium for the first of a three game set. The Reds send Tim Melville (0-0) to meet the Birds Carlos Martinez (1-0) in a 7:15 PM CDT contest.
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