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Garcia joins list of five dominant Cardinals lefties

Though his own shaky fielding contributed to his Sunday no-decision, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia had a very successful return from the disabled list overall.

The 26-year-old left-hander, out since June 5 due to a left shoulder impingement, allowed the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates just two unearned runs over eight innings. Garcia yielded only five hits, but most impressive were his career-best strikeout and walk totals of 10 and zero, respectively.

Garcia becomes only the sixth left-hander in Cardinals history to log that dominant combination of double-digit strikeouts and no free passes. It is the tenth such outing because two hurlers, Rick Ankiel and Harvey Haddix, did it three times each, but Sunday marked just the fourth qualifying game with no earned runs allowed by a Cardinals left-hander.

I had expected to see Hall of Famer Steve Carlton on the list, but while Lefty had a number of double-digit strikeout games as a Cardinal, including a 19 K outing in 1969 and a 16 strikeout performance the following season, he did not do it without also walking at least one batter.

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitchers, 10 or more strikeouts with no walks, game, team history

Pitcher Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
Jaime Garcia 8/19/2012 PIT L 3-6 GS-8 8 5 2 0 0 10 0
Rick Ankiel 9/13/2000 PIT W 9-5 GS-7 ,W 6 7 4 2 0 11 0
Rick Ankiel 6/4/2000 CLE L 2-3 GS-5 5 5 2 2 0 11 2
Rick Ankiel 5/25/2000 FLA W 7-6 GS-7 ,W 6 7 4 4 0 11 2
Rheal Cormier 1992-09-27 (1) PHI W 8-1 CG 9 ,W 9 4 1 0 0 10 0
Ray Sadecki 9/8/1965 PIT L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 7 7 2 2 0 13 0
Harvey Haddix 1954-06-13 (1) PIT W 5-0 CG 9 ,W 9 3 0 0 0 10 0
Harvey Haddix 9/25/1953 CHC W 11-2 CG 9 ,W 9 7 2 2 0 10 0
Harvey Haddix 5/31/1953 CHC W 6-2 CG 9 ,W 9 6 2 2 0 10 0
Harry Brecheen 9/9/1948 CHC W 4-0 CG 9 ,W 9 6 0 0 0 10 0

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the above table.

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5 Responses to “Garcia joins list of five dominant Cardinals lefties”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    There has been chatter here about Skip vs. Descalso. Unfortunately, Mike Matheny had a different choice in mind: Allen Craig vs. Descalso. Allen Craig should no more come out of games than Pujols did. Descalso is no Craig.

    Matheny has made two more common mistakes with the lineup. The first: against RHPs, Matt Carpenter needs to play more, because a very good hitter. Carpenter should get 25 percent of the starts at 3B. Yes, Freese won the WS last year and made this years all star team. He is good. But against an RHP, Carpenter is better with the bat.

    The second mistake has been over-relying on Furcal. Raffy is a post-prime vet. Furcal began the year well, but is no longer an everyday player. He has predictably slumped during June, July, and August, needing painkillers. The fans need painkillers more. Matheny has stuck with Raffy, when he could have shared his workload with Greene and Descalso, helping Furcal and junior guys too, in a win/win platoon. During spring training, Matheny said he would play Greene everyday. However, when the games started to count, Matheny had to revert to TLR and over-rely on post-prime vets. .

    Matheny has not managed before. It shows.

    • Nutlaw says:

      Ouch. Some tough love there, Jumbo. Still, I agree fully. Seeing Descalso pinch run for Craig in a tie game made me wince.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The thing that makes me cross is a bunch of guys are having very fine years: Holliday; Beltran; Craig; Molina; Lohse; Westbrook; Wainwright; Motte; Boggs; Kelly; Lynn; Freese; Carpenter; Jay; others. And yet the team is not winning as much as it should, given all this achievement.

        A manager has to give tough news to veterans. If Furcal is not as good as he used to be with the bat, he can sit down for a couple of games per week. If we have a lefty swinger in Carpenter who can outhit Freese against RHPs, then he ought to play more. When Berkman comes back from the DL, Lance can get his batting eye back in the minors, as he did not do after the All Star Game, when he returned to duty and sucked. .

    • blingboy says:

      Furcal’s numbers took a steep drop from 2010 to 2011 so next year he will be terrible. But he’s not now because 2010 still counts.

      And Matt doesn’t even have any stats from two years ago, so we can’t tell if he’s any good or not. Next year we will know, but he’ll stink because he hit .067 in 2011. He’ll be good in 2014 though.

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