ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 29: Jaime Garcia #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 29, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) – The road back to the majors has been long, but Thursday lefty Jaime Garcia continued to impress in his second win of the season against the San Francisco Giants.
The southpaw went 7.0 innings and gave up two homers, the two biggest blemishes for Garcia on the night. But his offense was able to pick him up by providing timely hits and a homer of their own. And Garcia has yet to give up a walk in his 12.2 innings pitched thus far.
The first three batters Garcia faced Thursday, he retired all three with ground-balls and his manager Mike Matheny gives his fifth starter all the credit for being able to keep the ball on the ground.
With 12 strike outs over his three starts, the Reynosa, Mexico native has only yielded six runs after shoulder surgery sidelined him more than a year. The lefty even took a pitch off his elbow in one of his rehab starts.
But the bullpen wasn’t able to hold onto the lead Garcia left the game with, leaving the lefty without his second win of the season.
“It was a tough one. You get a good start from Jaime,” Matheny said after the game, “You get him through seven and hopefully be able to shut the door.”
The Cardinals couldn’t get the win for Garcia, falling to the Giants 6-5 in the series opener.