Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Not Satisfied with Latest Outing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Not Satisfied with Latest Outing

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When Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia gets into a zone on the mound, manager Mike Matheny can detect a certain level of bizarreness to the lefty's approach.

Especially when Garcia is healthy and right.

"We've been watching him close just like we knew we would have to," Matheny said after Garcia's Sunday start against the Colorado Rockies. "He gets to where he is with just two hits. A few walks. A tough, hot day to pitch, and he showed up and did a great job."

Obviously, Matheny had a positive outlook regarding Garcia's start Sunday. The lefty certainly has pitched well for most of the season when he's been healthy. He's been battling injuries all year, including a groin strain that kept him sidelined for about a month. Yet despite his 3-4 record, Garcia possesses a 1.98 earned- run average in nine starts.

Garcia showed flashes of that pitcher during the afternoon game against the offense-heavy Rockies. He gave up just two hits in the five-plus innings he pitched before being removed after 88 pitches.

Matheny was satisfied.

Was Garcia? Hardly.

"I've got to do a better job in five innings," he said.

Forget what his stat line said. Garcia was not pleased with his outing, even though the Cardinals came out on top 3-2.

Just two hits. One earned run. Four strikeouts. It was a step up from Garcia's previous start last week against Cincinnati, when he allowed four runs and received zero run support in his first appearance since returning from his groin injury.

Still, Sunday's outing wasn't satisfying for him.

"I've got to do a better job in five innings," Garcia repeated.

Garcia kicked off the game with two outs in the top of the first, but he walked two straight batters. It was an unusual sign for the 29-year-old, as he'd only walked more than one hitter in three of his eight previous starts.

Garcia was able to shake himself out of the inning with a groundout. …

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