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Jaime Garcia shelled for career-high 12 runs in loss to Rockies

May 29, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia entered Saturday’s action with one of the top stat lines in all of Major League Baseball.

He had a 5-0 record, a 1.93 ERA, and a 57/13 K/BB ratio through his first 65 1/3 innings of the 2011 regular season.

Unfortunately, just about everything went wrong Saturday night at Denver’s Coors Field.

Garcia allowed the Rockies’ first five hitters to reach base and wound up surrendering six runs in the first inning alone. The start didn’t get any better in the second or third frames and Garcia was finally pulled in the fourth after allowing a career-high 12 runs and a career-high 11 hits. At one point he was issued an automatic ball for going to his mouth between pitches. Another time he flubbed a rundown that led to a Colorado score.

Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta did a big chunk of the damage, finishing 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI. Ryan Spilborghs also had a big night, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Garcia has great stuff and remains a top young arm, but regression can come quickly and the 24-year-old native of Mexico is now sporting a more realistic 3.28 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 11 starts.

  1. sneschalmers - May 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Eh every pitcher will have bad outings.

  2. ame123 - May 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Jair Jurrjens is the next customer on the regression train.

  3. thefalcon123 - May 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    What’s interesting is that Garcia goes to his mouth between *ever* pitch. If you watch him, he gets the ball back, licks his band, swipes the dirt and then steps back on the mound. I wonder what was different about going to his mouth this time to get called out on it.

  4. thefalcon123 - May 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    *every* pitch, rather. Couldn’t you add in an edit function for me to correct my embarrassing typos?

  5. cup0pizza - May 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    That was ugly, but probably just an off day. A REALLY off day, though.

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