ST. LOUIS (AP) — In all three of Jaime Garcia’s starts, the left-hander has given the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to win. He’s not even thinking about the shoulder woes that have cost him much of the last two seasons. On Monday night, one run was enough to sink him. “That’s just a shame […]
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In all three of Jaime Garcia’s starts, the left-hander has given the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to win. He’s not even thinking about the shoulder woes that have cost him much of the last two seasons.
On Monday night, one run was enough to sink him.
“That’s just a shame to waste a start like that,” manager Mike Matheny said after a 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. “He should have, could have gone a complete game, his stuff was that good.”
Garcia (1-2) worked seven sterling innings and Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds had two singles apiece for the Cardinals, shut out for the fifth time but first time at home where they are among the best in the league at 20-7.
He’s in prime form coming off thoracic outlet surgery to relieve nerve compression and numbness, shoulder woes that limited him to 16 starts the previous two seasons. The Brewers knew first-hand he had a feel for his pitches, especially the sinker.
“Things were working fine, my pitches were working fine,” Garcia said.
A few runs would have made his night so much better.
“When you lose a game you’re never happy. I don’t want to say happy,” Garcia said. “Am I encouraged by the way I’m feeling and competing? Yeah. But I wouldn’t say happy.”
Garcia retired the side in order five straight times beginning with the second inning, once with the help of a double play that bailed out his throwing error. He worked seven innings for the second time and allowed three hits with no walks.
Mike Fiers and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter and Carlos Gomez had a first-inning RBI single for Milwaukee.
Fiers (2-5) allowed four hits in six innings, one shy of his season high, and won for the first time in six starts since May 2 at Chicago.
Jonathan Broxton, Neal Cotts, James Jeffress and Francisco Rodriguez combined to allow four hits without walking a batter in Milwaukee’s fourth shutout of the season. Rodriguez finished for his ninth save.
The win comes a day after the Brewers beat Arizona in 17 innings.
Wong made an outstanding play at second base, leaping to snare a high chopper by Jason Rogers that skipped off the front of the mound and making the throw to end the ninth.
Jean Segura singled to open the game and scored on a two-out single by Gomez. The Brewers had two more runners in scoring position the rest of the way.
The Cardinals had two on twice against Fiers. He struck out Jhonny Peralta and got Yadier Molina on a foul out to end the first and Jason Heyward fouled out to end the sixth.
They weren’t pleased with Fiers’ deliberate pace, which set the tone for a 1-0 game that lasted 3 hours and 5 minutes.
“It’s no fun, it’s not something we teach,” Matheny said. “High pitch counts and working a little slower, we’ve seen guys like him before.
“It’s not like it throws us off that much, it comes down to getting pitches to hit.”
Brewers: C Johnathan Lucroy was activated from the DL after missing 38 games with a broken big left toe. He was robbed of a hit by CF Jon Jay’s running catch in the first then grounded out his last three trips.
Cardinals: Matt Holliday was back in the lineup after missing 1 1-2 games due to flu-like symptoms and extended his franchise record reaching base safely in 45 straight games to start the season with a first-inning walk.
Lance Lynn is getting just 2.82 runs of support per start from the Cardinals, third-lowest in the league. Tyler Cravy, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs, will make his major league debut for the Brewers, whose pitching staff is worn thin.
Matt Carpenter was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and is 2 for 18 against Fiers. Holliday is 1 for 13 against Fiers.