Beltran, Jay Shine In Game 2, Jaime Maybe Done

“Dirty Dan” Descalso rounds second after hitting a home run in the fourth inning. (screen cap)

Among all the great news that came from the Game 2 win Monday by the Cardinals over the Nationals, 12-4, there was some pretty bad news that came after the game ended.

Jaime Garcia might be done for the remainder of the Cardinals playoff run.

According to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch:

After being removed in the second inning of his start Monday, Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia was taken for a scan of his left shoulder during the game to determine if the injury that put him on the disabled list during the season has resurfaced.

“It just didn’t feel right. It was hurting. It wasn’t feeling the way it had been the last couple weeks,” Garcia said. “It actually happened a couple days ago. Usually you get a little stiff or sore between starts. That’s part of pitching. As you get closer to game time the stiffness and the soreness goes away. …

“This is one of those things where it didn’t get better.”

The results of the MRI taken of his joint won’t be known until Tuesday.

The Cardinals do have the option of putting Garcia on the disabled list and recalling a pitcher, possibly lefty Sam Freeman. Garcia would be unavailable for the remainder of this round and the next round of the playoffs, should the Cardinals advance.

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Garcia’s troubles were clear immediately.

The lefty threw 24 pitches in the first inning — 12 balls and 12 strikes. He labored through two innings and needed 51 pitches to complete the six outs. Though he allowed only one run, his discomfort manifested in falling behind in counts, long pauses, and an overall lack of pace to his game.

Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did some tweeting on the matter. Jaime playing hurt didn’t sit well with some of his teammates. Understandable. This is the playoffs. Here’s Joe’s tweets:

Here’s more from Joe Strauss regarding Garcia.

Let’s talk about some of the good things that happened in the game.

Jon Jay: He was two of five with three RBI. He hit a single and a triple. He also had THIS beautiful catch in the outfield. Nice, right?

Carlos Beltran: He was two of four with three RBI. In the sixth inning he belted a line drive homer to left off Michael Gonzalez. In the eighth, he hit a homer to left center off Sean Burnett. Both were mammoth, beautiful shots that made you say, “WOW!” Interesting stat time! According to ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Carlos Beltran has a career postseason OPS  of 1.297. This is better than Babe Ruth at 1.211 and Lou Gehrig at 1.208. Let’s say it again, “WOW!”

Allen Craig: He was three of five with one RBI. He knocked a homer to left field in the third inning off of Jordan Zimmerman.

Daniel Descalso: He was two of four with two RBI. Dirty Dan knocked a homer to right off of Craig Stammen.

 David Freese: He recorded the series first extra base hit in the second when he hit a double to center off Jordan Zimmerman. He also walked, had one run and one RBI. Freese is quite clutch when October rolls around!

Lance Lynn And The Bullpen: Lynn got the victory for the Cardinals. He pitched three innings. He gave up three hits, including two home runs. The homers were hit off the bats of ? and ?. He struck out five. Joe Kelly pitched the sixth inning. Edward Mujica gave up two hits and an earned run in one inning of work. Mitchell Boggs pitched one inning and gave up two hits. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth inning and gave up one hit. Rosenthal settled down to strike out three.

The Cardinals head to Washington, D.C. to play Game 3 at Nationals Park. The game starts at noon central time and will be televised on the MLB Network. Chris Carpenter takes the mound against Edwin Jackson.

Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also lead writer at Aerys Offsides. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda. 

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