Garcia roughed up again

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    "It says a lot about how awry his spring training has gone that Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia's best start of the month ended with by far his worst inning.

    After three crisp innings against the New York Mets in an exhibition game Thursday, Garcia unraveled quickly in a 16-3 loss at Digital Domain Park. The Mets pummeled the Cardinals' second-year starter for eight runs on nine hits in the fourth inning. Most came after a fielding error prolonged the inning, and all of it sabotaged what otherwise was his finest work of the preparation season.

    "He made some progress, and the results are atrocious," manager Tony La Russa said. "To his part of the blame, he left the ball up in key situations. But he did a lot of good things. He consistently made a lot of good throws. Best outing he's had."

    That sums up Garcia's conflicted spring.

    In his first March as an incumbent member of the rotation, Garcia has insisted he has felt good in games when the box score said otherwise. He had an improved line against Washington last week and explained how his stuff was lacking. Thursday's start offered the kind of consistency Garcia and the Cardinals have been waiting on. Then it didn't.

    On a windy and tricky day to pitch, Garcia got through three innings with a relentless torrent of strikes and only one mistake, a solo homer smashed by David Wright. Then, after the error, things went sideways with two outs in the fourth. Eight consecutive Mets reached base. There wasn't a meek hit in the rally. In his past 12 innings, Garcia has allowed 28 hits and 20 runs."

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