Back-to-Back Blanks

The St. Louis Cardinals posted back-to-back shutouts with their 5-0 victory over Toronto on Sunday. Jaime Garcia delivered seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out four and walking two, before handing things over to Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal for the final two innings.

The last time the Cardinals recorded back-to-back shutouts in the season was May of last year, when Shelby Miller threw a one-hit, complete game shutout against Colorado and Adam Wainwright followed it with a two-hit, complete game shutout the next day against the Rockies. Miller also delivered the complete game shutout on Saturday against Toronto.

Shutouts have been almost a regularity for the Cardinals pitching staff this season as twelve of the teams’ 33 wins have been by blanking opponents. The total is also the most in franchise history for the first 64 games of the season.

The Cardinals scored four runs in the second inning–including a 2-run homer from Matt Carpenter, who is now batting .299.

GAST NOW IN MEMPHIS

–It was just over a year ago when John Gast made his big league debut–pitching six innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets. The team also won his second start, but soon after the left-hander experienced shoulder soreness and was placed on the disabled list. On July 26th, Gast underwent season-ending surgery on his left lat/shoulder.

After five solid innings allowing just one run in his first rehab start for Palm Beach last week, Gast was promoted to Memphis-AAA, where he made his first start on Saturday. He allowed four hits–one a solo home run over five innings for a no-decision. Gast struck out three batters and walked one (83 pitches, 53 for strikes).

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