The Milwaukee Brewers were worn down. They were coming off a 17-inning marathon win over Arizona the day before in which they used nine pitchers. Yet starter Mike Fiers and four relievers bounced back to hold the Cardinals to eight hits, 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and no runs as the Brewers edged the Redbirds 1-0, Monday night at Busch Stadium.
Carlos Gomez had a first-inning RBI single for the only blemish against Jaime Garcia, who in his third start of the year, looked really good.
Garcia gave up just three hits, two of those in the first inning, while walking none in his seven innings while striking out four. Most nights, the Cardinals offense is going to back up a pitching performance like that and this is the second solid outing for Garcia this year.
Garcia isn’t happy, but he is encouraged by his command.
Matt Holliday was back in the lineup after missing parts of two games due to flu-like symptoms and extended his franchise record reaching base safely in 45 straight games to start the season with a first-inning walk.
Holliday later singled in the eighth that put runners on the corners with one out, but Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina both struck out. Jeremy Jeffress credited with a hold for Milwaukee, really saved the game at that point.