If someone told me in spring training that Jaime Garcia would be the Cardinals' best pitcher, I'd be worried.
But, as well as Adam Wainwright and Brad Penny have pitched -- and Chris Carpenter has been getting results even though his control hasn't been there yet -- Garcia has been better.
The rookie lefty tamed Atlanta's (admittedly struggling) offense to four singles in seven innings Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. His curve was downright nasty and the Braves never really threatened to score when he was on the mound. Garcia struck out five and walked only one to see his season ERA drop to 1.04.
Garcia got plenty of support as the Cardinals used a nine hit attack -- and nine walks passed out by Braves pitchers -- to score six runs. Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus notched two hits apiece.
The Cardinals accomplished the rare feat in the game of scoring two runs in the same game on wild pitches.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia. No doubt about it.
Cardinals Play of the Game:Albert Pujols nearly took Atlanta starter Kenshin Kawakami's head off in the first inning with two on and no one out in the first to give the Cardinals their first run. Pujols came up later in the game with the bases loaded and one out and hit a line drive as hard as a ball can be hit -- right at the Atlanta second baseman for a double play. If that ball was a few feet higher it would have cleared the bases and Pujols would have had a HUGE night.
Lowlight:Matt Holliday's RBI woes continued. Despite hitting a towering shot in batting practice that broke the Big Mac Land sign for the second time in two years, he couldn't get it going when the game was on. Holliday was 0-for-3 at the plate and stranded six runners on base.