August 23, 2010

Garcia notches Giant zero

Jaime Garcia pitched a complete game shutout Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, helping the Cardinals win a three-game series versus the San Francisco Giants.

There was plenty of offensive help for Garcia this time around in the 9-0 blanking, the Redbirds outhitting the Giants, 15-3. Jon Jay went 3-for-4, leading St. Louis hitters. Allen Craig hit a two-run homer.

The Cardinals hit the road now, starting a series in Pittsburgh Monday night against the Pirates. Washington is the next stop. Both the Pirates and Nationals are not the most productive teams in baseball, but the Cardinals seem to have difficulties when it comes to these types of teams, as if playing down to their current level.

With far more road games then home over the balance of the season, the Cardinals will have to battle if they intend to stay within striking distance of the red hot Cincinnati Reds. Even the Wild Card could be a problem if the Cardinals cannot find their "groove."