(BaseballStL) – Jaime Garcia got more movement than usual on his pitches Sunday.
The left-hander battled a tough wind in a three-inning start at Space Coast Stadium, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four.
“It was a tough day to pitch with the wind, but it was a good one,” Garcia said. “The wind was blowing the same for every pitch, but it’s one of those things where you have to make your adjustments and find a way to get it done.
“They have a good, tough lineup here. They are a good team. My teammates made some good plays behind me. I was pleased with the results.”
Garcia struck out four of the first eight batter he faced and worked around a walk and an error to limit the damage in the first inning. He allowed three consecutive singles in the third inning but only one was hit hard.
The left-hander usually gets plenty of movement on his pitches on a normal day. Add in a strong wind coming across the field and his pitches become even more unpredictable.
But the left-hander compared the conditions to what he might face in a city like San Francisco and did the best he could to get his normal work in. And with two starts under his belt, he’s pleased with where he’s at this spring.
Even if both have been lengthy road trips.
“I think I’m right where I want to be,” Garcia said. “Just to be here and to be healthy, that’s all I can ask for. I don’t really care about where I’ll pitching next or what we’re doing as long as I’m going in the right direction, that’s all I want.”
Asked if the nasty movement was only due to the wind or if he still had good feel for his pitches, Garcia smiled.
“We’ll see next time when there’s no wind,” Garcia said. “ Hopefully it was a little of both.”