Garcia gets first MLB start in Cardinals' series finale

Garcia gets first MLB start in Cardinals' series finale

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Garcia gets first MLB start in Cardinals' series finale

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 12:21 PM

(BaseballStL) — Wednesday’s game features another MLB debut for the Cardinals as Greg Garcia gets the nod at second base for the series finale with the Brewers. 

Garcia, 24, came up from Triple-A Memphis with Randal Grichuk, who got his first Major League start Tuesday. 

“You’re reminded of that first chance you had and how special it is,” Mike Matheny said before the game. “He’ll never forget this. It’s always exciting to watch these guys get that opportunity they’ve been dreaming about.” 

Garcia was taken in the seventh round by the Cardinals in the 2010 draft. He hit .267 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 21 games in Memphis this year. 

No Mattress for Matheny

The Cardinal manager said after Monday’s loss that he was sick all day thinking about it, and Tuesday’s compounded the frustration. 

Matheny stayed all night at the stadium, choosing to sleep on the couch in his office rather than to drive home. 

“For the most part I’ve been pretty fortunate. I get it thought out and then I sleep pretty good,” he said.  “But these last couple, there’s a lot of sorting to do.”

Matheny said by the time he was done stewing about Tuesday’s 11-inning loss, it was far too late to drive home. 

Unfortunately for the 43-year-old, the comfort of the couch was undermined by the motion sensing lights in his office. 

“If I was just smart enough to cover it up,” he chuckled, shaking his head. “But in the middle of night I wasn’t thinking my best.”

It’s hard to blame him for being mentally fatigued. The Cardinals are finishing up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days Wednesday, and have already played 23 innings in first two games of the series with Milwaukee. 

Cruz Control

Yadier Molina will get a rest Wednesday as Tony Cruz takes over behind the plate. Molina caught every inning of the first two games this week and with no scheduled activities Thursday, the Cardinals took the opportunity to give him extra recuperation time. 

The All-Star catcher is hitting .358 with four doubles a homer and six RBIs in the first 19 games of the 20-game stretch. 

Lineup

1) Matt Carpenter 2B

2) Jon Jay CF

3) Matt Holliday LF

4) Matt Adams 1B

5) Allen Craig RF

6) Jhonny Peralta SS

7) Greg Garcia 2B

8) Tony Cruz C

9) Shelby Miller P

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