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Garcia pitches in on minor league no-hitter

While his big league teammates were keeping things interesting with a dramatic win over the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was making a little history in a minor league rehab start.

Garcia, who has missed several big league starts since pulling a groin muscle before the all-star break, pitched five innings as part of a combined no-hitter with the Peoria Chiefs.

Granted, he was facing Class A hitters. But it’s hard to discount the fact that Garcia threw five perfect frames as he tunes up for a major league return. He struck out six and walked none.

Steven Sabatino chipped in with two perfect innings and Cody Schumacher pitched another in a 2-0 win over the Clinton LumberKings.

The only thing that kept the performace from being a perfect game was that Garcia hit an opposing hitter with a pitch.

But the St. Louis lefty threw 58 pitches with 41 of them being strikes.

Of the nine Clinton hitters who played in the game, seven of them struck out at least once. Only four of 10 Peoria hitters suffered a strikeout.