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Almost perfect!

May 6, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about perfect games. Today Jaime Garcia nearly threw one.

For my own selfish reasons, it’s probably just as well that he allowed a handful of harmless baserunners in the 8th and 9th, or else I’d have to write about perfect games every day from now until the end of the season.

But back to the point: Garcia was simply masterful today, and not for the first—or last—time. On August 22 of 2010, he shut out the soon-to-be-world-champion San Francisco Giants, facing only 28 batters, needing only 89 pitches, and giving up just three hits and no walks against six strikeouts. I posted on my Facebook page that night that it was the most dominant pitching performance I’d seen by a rookie in years.

Today’s line looked a lot like that one: 29 batters faced, 102 pitches, two hits, one walk, eight strikeouts. I don’t care that the Brewers are lousy lately; this is a team that can hit, and usually does hit against the Cardinals, especially¬† in St. Louis—but they looked even more lost today than they have for the past week. The Cards, meanwhile, backed up their sweet southpaw with offense that came early and often.

It was practically perfect. And, in the spirit of Miguel Batista and the resident poets at Aaron Miles’ Fastball, I thought I’d commemorate the occasion in verse:

A crafty young lefty named Jaime
the bats of the Brewers did stymie;
Braun, Fielder, and Hart
fell prey to his art,
saying “Phooey!* He threw it right by me!”

* Some words may have been edited for family-friendly reading.

Not my best effort, but the sentiment is pure: Congratulations, Jaime Garcia!

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 6, 2011 8:16 pm

    Bravo on the poem! (The more poetry, the better — which is odd for me, since these are the first poems I’ve written since those teenage angst ones many, many years ago.) And, more importantly, bravo to Jaime! What an incredible game.

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