(BaseballStL) -- Southpaw Jaime Garcia has been known to get rattled if something unusual happens on the day of his start, and a 50 minute rain delay posed ominous for the lefty.
"It didn't affect me," he said following his start, visibly frustrated. "I wasn't able to execute my pitches."
Garcia allowed two two-out singles in the first inning, but retired the next ten of eleven batters before allowing an RBI double to his Philadelphia Phillies counterpart AJ Burnett.
"He had some good innings and had some good stuff for the most part," manager Mike Matheny said, "He had a rough inning there. With three doubles in an inning, [they] add up in a hurry."
The Phillies scored two runs in the fifth inning, with doubles coming from John Mayberry, AJ Burnett and Jimmy Rollins, that squandered the one run lead the Cardinals had heading into the inning.
Then in the sixth inning, Garcia gave up a lead off homer to Marlon Byrd. He gave up two more runs on a fan interference ground-rule double and another hit from Mayberry. Those runs gave the Phillies a lead of 5-1 and that's how the game would finish.
Matheny said he wasn't sure if Garcia had run out of gas, but that he had lost his fin location on the fastball. Couple that with just one run from the offense and it leads to three consecutive losses.
Two bad innings bust up Garcia's rain delayed start
"[He] probably wasn't his sharpest," Matheny continued, "but he pitched us close enough to win."