(Busch Stadium) Jack Flaherty went out and dealt a career-best eight shutout innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 tonight.
“I think we went in with a good game plan, seeing kind of what Waino did against them yesterday,” Flaherty said. “I was just in rhythm with Yadi all day. Had three pitches, could throw three pitches for strikes and that kind of helps. Just tried to stay right there and not do too much as the game went on.”
“He’s attacking the zone, putting them away right away,” said Molina, who again flirted with catching his first no-hitter. “One day, we’ll throw it. No doubt about it. He’s got the ability to do it. Right now, he’s doing a good job keeping us in the game and winning games. That’s what we ask.”
The lone hit for San Francisco came in the sixth inning, when Mike Yastrzemski hit a soft line drive into right field. It was one of only three balls that left the infield for the Giants as Flaherty struck out eight hitters–throwing a total of 29 balls to the 26 batters he faced.
“That’s kind of crazy,” Flaherty acknowledged. “I don’t ever look up and think about how many strikes I’m throwing, I always try to fill the zone and get ahead of guys. It’s much more fun to be 0-1, 0-2 as opposed to 2-0 to everybody. It kind of keeps hitters on their toes. For something like that, it’s just trying to execute and throw everything for strikes and then expand when you need to.”
Flaherty has now allowed just two runs in his last 48 innings (0.375 ERA), particularly helpful as this was the eighth game of the season the Cardinals offense managed one run or less in one of his starts. Tonight was the first victory.
“Just continue to go out and fight,” Flaherty said. “There’s nothing you can worry about. You can’t worry about where you are in the game. You know what the score is, but just continue to fight and execute. Never take your foot off the gas.”
Tonight’s performance comes just hours after Flaherty was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.
“Disregard it,” Flaherty stated. “We’re not in August anymore, it’s September. The past is the past. It is what it is, that’s just the way I see it. We’re working towards the next month, not what went on.”
The nine scoreless starts this season for Flaherty are the most for a Cardinals pitcher since Adam Wainwright’s twelve in 2014.