Yesterday afternoon, Jaime Garcia threw the first complete game shutout for the Cardinals since 2014, struck out 13, and only needed 104 pitches to do it in a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was quite possibly the best pitching performance from any Cardinal since May 11, 2013, when Shelby Miller allowed a weak single to the first batter he faced and then retired 27 straight Colorado Rockies, with 13 strikeouts along the way.
To help his cause, Garcia was also 2-3 with a run scored. So yes, he had more hits than the entire Brewers team. And while it was a great pitching performance, this intro is just an excuse to watch the video of Garcia from 2011 hitting a three-run home run off these same Brewers.
Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
Joe Schwarz took a deep dive into Michael Wacha's second start of the season and detailed what worked for him. As any time Joe writes about pitching, this one is worth a read. And I don't know the context but someone posted a picture of an old Steve Braun baseball card in the comments, and he looks like he's had it with the photographer.
I wrote on how well the Cardinals have played at Busch Stadium in the Mike Matheny era. It's a trend we all hope continues.
Jaime Garcia and yesterday's game
Returning to the original theme, Garcia dominated the Brewers yesterday and you can catch up on the game thread here. A wonderful game recap was also penned by As You Van Slyke It and concluded with this GIF:
And now that you've seen that, please take some time on your Friday to enjoy this:
Have a great weekend, everyone.