Jaime Garcia went seven scoreless innings and rookie outfielder Stephen Piscotty hit a pair of RBI singles as the Cardinals bested the Brewers 3-0 on Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Garcia now holds a 1.77 ERA through 66 innings (10 starts) this season and the Cardinals’ pitching staff has combined for 36 straight scoreless frames.
They’ve rattled off three shutouts in a row.
St. Louis stands 71-39 with a six-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central standings. Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Milwaukee pits veteran John Lackey against Jimmy Nelson.
Lackey is sporting the best ERA (2.85) of his illustrious 13-year major league career.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0
Astros 1, Athletics 2
Giants 6, Cubs 8
Dodgers 5, Pirates 6
Rangers 11, Mariners 3 (11 innings)
Mets 4, Rays 5
Rockies 1, Nationals 6
Red Sox 6, Tigers 7
White Sox 6, Royals 7
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
Twins 4, Indians 17
Marlins 2, Braves 7
Reds 4, Diamondbacks 1
Phillies 4, Padres 2
Orioles 5, Angels 0
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.