St. Louis Cardinals Close Series Vs. Brewers Sunday

Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, and Kyle McClellan will get the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals; the Milwaukee Brewers will send out Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo, and Chris Narveson.

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Jaime Garcia's Near-Perfect Game Paces St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Brewers

Jaime Garcia was perfect into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals scored early and often to take the first of their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Garcia struck out eight and picked up 16 swinging strikes against a Brewers team that simply couldn’t see his changeup or slider all night. Colby Rasmus tripled and Albert Pujols drove in three to put the final score at 6-0.

Garcia yielded his first baserunner of the night in the eighth inning, when Casey McGehee drew a walk, and the no-hitter was broken up a batter later when Yuniesky Betancourt slapped one through the infield for an uncontested base hit. But Garcia, after falling behind the next batter, forced a full count and then induced a ground-ball double play to end the inning. By the time the ninth inning rolled around Garcia was as dominant as ever. He improves to 4-0 on the season, with an ERA of just 1.99.

The two-hitter is Garcia’s second complete-game shutout of the season; he threw a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in his first start of 2011.

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Jaime Garcia Loses Perfect Game, No-Hitter In Eighth Inning

Jaime Garcia, the St. Louis Cardinals’ dominant young left-hander, took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, then lost the no-hitter in the next at-bat. But Garcia kept on top of the Brewers, inducing a double play to get out of the inning against the next batter he faced.

Garcia’s changeup and slider were astounding Friday, keeping the Brewers off-balance to the tune of eight strikeouts, but it was his command that stood out from his performances earlier in the season; until the seventh inning Garcia seemed perpetually ahead of the Brewers, and once he’d done that the Brewers had significant problems catching his off-speed pitches.

Garcia, who surprised by making the Cardinals’ rotation out of Spring Training in 2010, just a year after recovering from elbow surgery, went 13-8 with a 2.70 ERA in his rookie season, and has excelled in 2011 after Adam Wainwright’s injury required him to play a larger role. 2010 saw him is improvement in 2011 has come from a changeup that has fallen away from right-handers with an alarming consistency.

The Cardinals’ last no-hitter was thrown by 21-year-old left-hander Bud Smith, in 2001.

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