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
|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.