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Jaime Garcia’s Sunday gem in historical context

On Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia helped his club notch its first win of the season as he tossed a four-hit complete game shutout while striking out a career-high nine San Diego Padres. Garcia walked two.

The team needed the win to avoid being swept at home and starting 0-3 for the first time since 2007. Despite the momentum of the 2006 World Championship, 2007 became a non-playoff year.

Garcia’s gem was fittingly the ninth nine-or-more strikeout game posted by a Cardinals pitcher in the first three games of the season (since 1920). Not surprisingly, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson logged five of the first eight.

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with nine+ strikeouts in first three games of the season (since 1920)

Rk Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BK WP
1 Bob Gibson 4/11/1967 SFG W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 Bob Gibson 4/7/1975 MON L 4-8 GS-8 ,L 8 9 5 5 5 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
3 Curt Simmons 4/14/1962 CHC W 7-4 CG 9 ,W 9 7 4 2 2 11 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1
T4 Bob Gibson 4/8/1969 PIT L 2-6 GS-9 9 9 2 2 0 10 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
T4 Bob Gibson 4/15/1966 PIT W 9-2 CG 9 ,W 9 6 2 2 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T6 Joaquin Andujar 4/9/1983 NYM W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
T6 Pete Vuckovich 4/10/1980 PIT W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
T6 Bob Gibson 4/8/1970 MON W 7-2 GS-8 ,W 8 5 2 2 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
T6 Jaime Garcia 4/3/2011 SDP W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0

It was the 49th time a Cardinals pitcher threw a shutout while fanning at least nine and allowing four hits or less at any time of the season. Garcia’s teammate Chris Carpenter had the last four, three during his 2005 Cy Young Award season. Carp is second all-time to Gibson’s 12.

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers, shutout, nine+ strikeouts, allowing four hits or less (since 1920)

# Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BK WP
1 Jaime Garcia 4/3/2011 SDP W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0
2 Chris Carpenter 9/7/2009 MIL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 Chris Carpenter 7/17/2005 HOU W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
4 Chris Carpenter 6/25/2005 PIT W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
5 Chris Carpenter 6/14/2005 TOR W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
6 Matt Morris 9/3/2004 LAD W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Pat Hentgen 9/14/2000 CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
8 Darren Oliver 8/3/1999 SDP W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
9 Jose Jimenez 7/5/1999 ARI W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
10 Todd Stottlemyre 5/15/1996 FLA W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
11 Joe Magrane 6/22/1990 CHC W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
12 Ken Hill 5/4/1989 LAD W 12-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Jose DeLeon 9/6/1988 MON W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Joaquin Andujar 4/9/1983 NYM W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Pete Vuckovich 4/10/1980 PIT W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
16 Pete Falcone 8/2/1976 PIT W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
17 Bob Gibson 1974-06-24 (2) PIT W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
18 Lynn McGlothen 5/7/1974 CIN W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Bob Gibson 8/28/1971 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
20 Bob Gibson 8/14/1971 PIT W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
21 Bob Gibson 6/17/1970 SDP W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
22 Steve Carlton 5/11/1970 PHI W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 1 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Bob Gibson 8/28/1968 PIT W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Bob Gibson 8/19/1968 PHI W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Steve Carlton 6/19/1968 CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Rk Bob Gibson 6/15/1968 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
# Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BK WP
27 Dick Hughes 5/25/1967 ATL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
28 Bob Gibson 5/2/1967 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Bob Gibson 5/20/1964 CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Ernie Broglio 6/8/1963 NYM W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
31 Ray Washburn 4/27/1963 LAD W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Ernie Broglio 9/29/1962 LAD W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
33 Bob Gibson 1962-08-18 (2) NYM W 10-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
34 Bob Gibson 8/8/1962 PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
35 Bob Gibson 1961-05-21 (2) CHC W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 4 11 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
36 Ernie Broglio 7/15/1960 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 Ray Sadecki 6/15/1960 CIN W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
38 Murry Dickson 1956-08-19 (1) CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
39 Harvey Haddix 6/16/1955 PIT W 5-0 9 4 0 0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
40 Harvey Haddix 1954-06-13 (1) PIT W 5-0 9 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 Vinegar Bend Mizell 5/4/1953 PIT W 5-0 9 2 0 0 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 Vinegar Bend Mizell 6/21/1952 BSN W 9-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
43 Mort Cooper 1944-05-28 (1) NYG W 8-0 9 3 0 0 3 10 0 0 0 0 0
44 Max Lanier 5/20/1944 NYG W 10-0 9 3 0 0 2 11 0 0 0 0 0
45 Mort Cooper 1942-09-20 (1) CHC W 1-0 9 4 0 0 1 9 0 0 1 0 0
46 Lefty Sunkel 7/26/1939 NYG W 10-0 9 2 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 1
47 Bob Bowman 1939-07-23 (1) BRO W 12-0 9 3 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0
48 Dizzy Dean 1936-09-24 (2) CIN W 2-0 6 4 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
49 Dizzy Dean 1935-09-08 (1) PHI W 11-0 9 4 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data tables.

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