Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals sweep Washingtion Nationals


With Jaime Garcia‘s left hand and Matt Adams‘ bat, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 to take the sweep. Garcia moved to 3-0 this season and now posts a 3.72 ERA.

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With Allen Craig on base, Matt Adams hit his third home run in as many days to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. The home run was the sixth home run of the season for Adams.

In the third inning, Matt Holliday extended the Cardinals lead with a solo home run–his fifth of the season.

Garcia struggled in the fifth inning, allowing two singles and two walks, but only allowed one run to cross the plate.

Kolten Wong, hitless in his previous 16 at-bats, hit his second triple of the season in the fifth inning and Holliday knocked him in on a sac fly. This was Holliday’s 999th RBI of his career.

Craig hit his second hit of the game in the seventh, a RBI double that scored Holliday.

The only real trouble for the Cardinals came during the ninth inning when Mike Matheny elected to send in Sam Freman to close out the game. Instead, Trevor Rosenthal pitched his third consecutive game for his 20th save of the season.

Freeman got two quick outs to start the ninth before Sandy Leon singled to center. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled on a soft fly to center. Does Peter Bourjos get that ball if he were playing in center instead of Jon Jay? Maybe. I don’t know. With back to back singles, Matheny made a double-switch with Rosenthal going to the mound and Bourjos to center field. Anthony Rendon singled to load the bases before pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche walked and drove in the Nationals second run of the game. With bases loaded again, Jayson Werth popped out to Adams to end the game.

Holliday is struggling as bad as Yadier Molina right now. Both are not really hitting the ball of late. Holliday has not had much contact over the past 10 outings.

Outside of the Fox Sports Midwest viewing area, the St. Louis Cardinals will appear on Monday Night Baseball tomorrow night.