Left-hander Jaime Garcia sometimes can be distracted by things he
should have control of and by others for which he has no control. However, he
displayed unwavering focus Wednesday night and mixed in a key single, too, in
the Cardinals' 4-1 win at chilly
Garcia, winning for the first time
since April 18, had good movement on his fastball and also featured a sharp
curveball and deceptive changeup as he tied his career high for strikeouts at
nine, which he first achieved in
He didn't issue a walk in his 7 1/3 innings. Garcia now has a 1.27 ERA in four starts against the Giants.
"When he's on, he's virtually unhittable," said third baseman David Freese, who ended an 0-for-17 slide with a homer, a double and a single. "That's the type of game we expect from him and what he expects from himself."
"I liked (Garcia's) poise on the mound," said manager Mike Matheny, adding, "Tony did a terrific job."
RF Carlos Beltran was out
a third consecutive game with right knee tenderness and some discomfort from
plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Manager Mike Matheny didn't see a reason to
push Beltran on a cold, windy, damp night in
SS Rafael Furcal, who had two singles and a double, posted his ninth game with at least three hits. "He's doing a nice job of managing his swing," manager Mike Matheny said. Furcal can get too big with his swing sometimes as a leadoff man.
LHP Jaime Garcia had a problem earlier this season with retiring left-handed hitters, who had been hitting .350 (14-for-40) against him. He found the key Wednesday, as left-handed hitters were only 1-for-10, and that was a bunt single.
3B David Freese's game-winning homer in the seventh inning was his eighth of the season but his first in nine days. He showed good plate discipline, waiting on a breaking ball from Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner to hit his home run to left. He doubled on a pitch away in the ninth inning.
1B Lance Berkman, back in the lineup after a day off, had his hitting streak of 12 games (compiled over two seasons) snapped in an 0-for-4 night. He didn't get the ball out of the infield.
By the Numbers:
23 - Called balls thrown by LHP Jaime Garcia out of 92 pitches in 7 1/3 innings.
Quote to Note:
"Every day it's getting better, but it's not better to the point where I feel I can go out there and play the game to the level that I want to be out there."
- RF Carlos Beltran, on his nagging right knee soreness.
RF Carlos Beltran (sore right knee, plantar fasciitis in right foot) did not start May 14-16, though he pinch-hit twice.
CF Jon Jay (sprained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 15.
RHP Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. He felt tightness during an April 30 bullpen session, and he didn't appear close to a return.
RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. He isn't likely to begin a real throwing program until sometime in May and probably won't pitch until at least June.
Link to boxscore: St. Louis 4 at San Francisco 1