Simply put, Jaime Garcia has been a blessing to a Cardinals staff void of Adam Wainwright and the struggling one-two punch in Carpenter and Westbrook.
Today was actually a bad day as it conforms to his 2011 stats.
Jaime pitched 7 full innings allowing only the one earned run on 9 hits. This brings his season ERA to 1.89 and many talks about a possible Cy Young bid down the line after now being 5-0.
The Cardinals came out quick and they came out hard after the problems they encountered last night that allowed the Cubs to rattle off run after run in their route to take game 2. Today, the Cards used that as motivation and completely turned the table.
The top of the 2nd was the majority of their damage. Matt Holliday has been rather quiet thus far in the series and starts things off with a solo home run to lead off the inning. Colby Rasmus singles, Yadier doubles, Tyler Greene is intentionally walked, and Jaime actually singles to score a run. Jon Jay doubles, two more runs are across, 4-0 Cardinals. Allen Craig thus hits a sac fly to score Jaime and the top half of the inning is over, 5-0 Cardinals.
The 5th inning saw a little more of a bang as well. Colby doubles and Yadier ends up with a single to send the runner home. This is the end to Casey Coleman’s day and it’s 6-0 Cardinals.
The Cubs only struck in the bottom of the 6th. Three consecutive singles by Byrd, Ramirez, and last Baker to score Byrd was the extent of their day offensively, 6-1 Cardinals.
The top of the 7th, Yadier and the boys continued inflicting a little more punishment in Wrigley. Yadi led off with a double, Descalso grounds out sending him to third, and Tyler Greene doubles in the run to make it 7-1. Jon Jay singles to bring yet another RBI in his name on the day and Nick Punto doubles to score Jay to provide the last run on the day, 9-1 is your final.
Winning Pitcher: Jaime Garcia (5-0 : 1.89 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Casey Coleman (1-3 : 7.22 ERA)