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Jaime’s hard luck continues

St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia already has three no-decision shutout outings this season.

Jaime Garcia (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Once again, St. Louis Cardinals rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia suffered due to lack of offensive support on Wednesday night in San Diego. The 23-year-old went six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks. He departed with the score 0-0 in a game eventually won by the Padres, 2-1 in 13 innings.

It was Garcia’s third no decision when not allowing a run this season. No one else in the major leagues has more than one such game.

Further, no other Cardinal since at least 1952 has been presented with such little support while pitching so well in three starts of five or more innings.

Jaime Garcia: no decisions, 2010

Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
4/17/2010 NYM L 1-2 GS-7 7 1 0 0 2 5
5/19/2010 FLA L 1-5 GS-5 5 5 0 0 4 6
5/26/2010 SDP L 1-2 GS-6 6 3 0 0 4 3

Several Cardinals have come close to Garcia’s run of tough luck in the past.

During last season, Chris Carpenter had three shutout no-decision starts. One was not of regulation length, just three innings.

Chris Carpenter: no decisions, 2009

Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
4/14/2009 ARI L 6-7 GS-3 3 4 0 0 0 2
5/25/2009 MIL L 0-1 GS-8 8 2 0 0 0 10
9/19/2009 CHC W 2-1 GS-8 8 8 0 0 2 4

In May 1980, John Fulgham may have had the worst short stretch of non support ever. He was presented with no-decisions in three consecutive shutout outings, but his first start was only four innings.

John Fulgham: no decisions, 1980

Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
5/17/1980 SFG L 2-4 GS-4 4 3 0 0 0 5
5/23/1980 SDP L 0-2 GS-8 8 6 0 0 2 4
5/28/1980 NYM L 5-6 GS-7 7 2 0 0 6 2

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the tables shown above.

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