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Matt Garza throws away his first shutout in two years

Apr 12, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

Matt Garza AP

Matt Garza should have had his first shutout as a Cub against the Brewers on Thursday. All he needed to do was take Norichika Aoki‘s comebacker and hurl it on over to first for the third out in the ninth. Instead, he tossed it into the stands, leading to his removal from the game after 8 2/3 innings.

The game wasn’t close, what with the Cubs winning 8-0, but manager Dale Sveum didn’t want to risk Garza topping 120 pitches in his second start of the year. The error followed Garza’s 119th pitch of the afternoon.

After Garza was removed, Shawn Camp got George Kottaras to groundout, finishing the three-hitter.

Garza notched his first win of the season after having his lead last week blown by the combination of Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol. The shutout would have been the fourth of his career, with the last coming July 26, 2010 for the Rays against the Tigers. He recorded his first two in 2008.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    He was really pissed at himself too. During the postgame interview he was talking more to himself then the reporter and you could just tell in his tone. I really love this guy 😀

  2. sasquash20 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    In other news Grienke got smacked around real good. Yeah he looks like a CY front runner.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      I wouldn’t say he got smacked around. None of those hot on the 3rd were hit very hard they just were perfectly placed. Cubs played well today though and beat a good pitcher.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Time to trade Garza, now that his value is high.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Squash- thought the same thing about Greinke. He had one great start and he’s got the CY locked up? I think his last start is more likely typical. His CY young year era was the aberration.

  5. cerowb - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Or, “Matt Garza Throws a Gem”. But I guess your headline works, too…

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Garza was very good today and you could tell in the first inning. That curveball of his was money.

  7. bobdira - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    That “last shutout” on July 26, 2010 was also a no hitter where he faced the minimum. Just sayin.

  8. detroitfanatic - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Am I the only one who would have loved to hear the great Harry Doyle call that throw?

    Jusssssssstttt a bit outside.

  9. gmsingh - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    If the Cubbies play 90 more games like that last one they are going to the World Series fer sure!

    • detroitfanatic - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      And if my Aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

      • Joe - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Actually, if your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle’s gay lover.

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