This wasn’t the start that Mike Matheny envisioned for Jaime Garcia. After taking a quick 1-0 lead on a Matt Carpenter homerun in the first inning, the Cubs struck back and struck back hard in the second, scoring five runs, three of which came on balls that didn’t even leave the infield. A key steal from Austin Jackson, a walk to Miguel Montero, followed by bunts from Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russell, a high-hopper from Dexter Fowler, and a two-run blast from Jorge Soler gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead, and that would be it for Jaime Garcia, who left due to a stomach virus. That would make me sick as a pitcher too.
Matheny would then go to Lance Lynn, who was thought to be used in Game 4, and still could I suppose, but he gave up a run of his own and the Cards have gone to Carlos Villanueva, perhaps to avoid another tantrum like the one he had in September, which you can view HERE.