Rehabbing Garcia helps Chiefs record no-hitter
Three pitchers combine to strike out 9 and allow just 1 baserunner for Peoria
Three pitchers, including the rehabbing Jaime Garcia, helped Cardinals Class A affiliate Peoria record a no-hitter on Thursday, while No. 25 prospect Oscar Mercado provided the Chiefs' only RBI in a 2-0 win over Clinton.
Garcia was nearly perfect over the first five innings, striking out six while hitting James Alfonso with a pitch. Steven Sabatino followed with 2 1/3 perfect innings, and then Michael Schumacher finished off the Lumberjacks with 1 2/3 spotless frames of his own.
The Cards hurlers struck out nine.
Garcia was starting his first game for Peoria since injuring his groin. The 29-year-old southpaw is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts for St. Louis' big league club this year.
Peoria didn't get on the board until the eighth inning, when Andrew Sohn doubled off of Zack Littell and later came home on a wild pitch. Mercado followed that with a single to score Jhohan Acevedo.
Mercado is hitting .249 with 14 doubles, two homers and 36 RBIs this year. He's also swiped 35 bases in 49 attempts.