Jaime Garcia is the fifth Cardinals left-hander to pitch seven scoreless innings in a World Series game, but the first not to record a win for doing so.
Garcia held the Rangers without a run for seven innings in Game 2 of the 2011 World Series but got no decision when Texas scored twice against the bullpen in the ninth and won, 2-1.
The other Cardinals left-handers to pitch at least seven scoreless innings in a World Series game _ Bill Hallahan, Ernie White, Harry Breechen and John Tudor _ all earned wins in those starts. Hallahan and Breechen each did it twice.
In 1930, Hallahan, 28, led National League pitchers in strikeouts (177) and walks (126) while compiling a 15-9 record and 4.66 ERA.
After the Athletics won the first two games of the 1930 World Series, Hallahan started Game 3. In the first inning, the Athletics loaded the bases with two out before Hallahan struck out right fielder Bing Miller, a .303 hitter that season.
The Athletics reached base in seven of nine innings, but Hallahan kept them from scoring. In the ninth, the Athletics put two on with two out. Hallahan struck out third baseman Jimmy Dykes, a .301 hitter that season, to end the game and preserve the Cardinals’ 5-0 victory. Boxscore
Hallahan gave up seven hits, walked five and struck out six. In the first inning, Hallahan yielded two singles and a walk, but struck out the side.
“We had plenty of chances to score in the opening inning while Hallahan was wild,” Athletics manager Connie Mack told the Associated Press. “Unfortunately, however, when he did get it over he was unhittable.”
In 1931, Hallahan again led NL pitchers in strikeouts (159) and walks (112) while posting a 19-9 record and 3.29 ERA.
And, again, Hallahan shut out the Athletics in the World Series.
In Game 2 of the 1931 Series, Hallahan pitched a three-hitter (all singles) in the Cardinals’ 2-0 victory. Boxscore
Hallahan retired the first 11 batters before issuing a walk to catcher Mickey Cochrane with two out in the fourth.
The Athletics got their first hit in the fifth, a Bing Miller single. Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out before Hallahan induced pitcher George Earnshaw to ground into a double play.
Philadelphia’s other singles were by center fielder Mule Haas in the sixth and first baseman Jimmie Foxx in the seventh.
The Cardinals almost blew the game in the ninth. The Athletics had two on with two out when Hallahan struck out pinch-hitter Jimmy Moore, who swung at a pitch in the dirt that catcher Jimmie Wilson mishandled.
Moore, thinking the game over, started toward the dugout as fans poured onto the field. Athletics coach Eddie Collins shouted at Moore to head to first base. As he did, Wilson grabbed the ball and inexplicably fired it to third base. All hands were safe. The bases were loaded.
The next batter, second baseman Max Bishop, uncorked a twisting fly ball into foul territory down the right field line. First baseman Jim Bottomley gave chase, stumbled into the Athletics bullpen, caught the ball and fell into the stands, completing a dramatic ending.
Hallahan walked seven and struck out eight.
In his syndicated column, Cardinals second baseman Frankie Frisch wrote of Hallahan:
He was effective because he had great speed, a fine breaking fast curve and good control of his change of pace slow curve.
White, 26, rode a hot streak into the 1942 World Series, winning his last three regular-season starts and finishing 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA.
In Game 3 of the Series, White limited New York to six hits (all singles), walked no one and struck out six in the Cardinals’ 2-0 victory. Boxscore
White set the tone in the first inning when, with Phil Rizzuto on second and two out, he struck out Joe DiMaggio. White also benefitted from a spectacular catch by each outfielder: Stan Musial, Terry Moore and Enos Slaughter.
It was, White told the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, “the greatest game I ever hope to pitch.”
After posting a 16-5 record in 1944, Breechen, 29, started Game 4 of the World Series against the Browns. Breechen held the Browns scoreless for the first seven innings as the Cardinals built a 5-0 lead. In the eighth, the Browns scored on a double-play grounder.
Though the Browns reached Breechen for nine hits and four walks, they were limited to that lone run as the Cardinals evened the Series with a 5-1 victory. Boxscore
In 1946, Breechen lost four of his first five decisions. He won his last two regular-season starts to finish 15-15 with a 2.49 ERA.
In Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox, Breechen pitched a four-hit shutout in the Cardinals’ 3-0 victory. Boxscore
All four Boston hits were singles. Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. In the ninth, center fielder Dom DiMaggio led off with a single. Breechen then retired Williams on a pop-up and got first baseman Rudy York and second baseman Bobby Doerr on flyouts.
“He (Breechen) certainly fooled me,” Williams said to the Associated Press. “Somebody had told me he never threw a screwball. All of a sudden, Breechen would rear back and toss one of them at me.”
After limiting the Royals to a run and beating them in Game 1 of the 1985 World Series, Tudor, 31, did even better in Game 4, shutting out Kansas City on five hits in a 3-0 Cardinals victory. Boxscore
Tudor, who was 21-8 with a 1.93 ERA during the regular season, walked one and struck out eight, including third baseman George Brett twice on breaking pitches. Tudor retired the side in order in five innings, including the ninth. The Royals’ only extra-base hit was an eighth-inning double by pinch-hitter Lynn Jones.
“I did just about everything right tonight,” Tudor told The Milwaukee Sentinel. “… I mixed pitches up and got them over the plate. I knew I had good stuff when I was warming up.”
Garcia, 25, is the youngest Cardinals left-hander to pitch seven scoreless innings in a World Series game. He held the Rangers to three singles and a walk in Game 2 of the 2011 Series. Texas was hitless until first baseman Michael Young singled with two out in the fourth.
Garcia, a 13-game winner in 2011, stood to get the win when Allen Craig, pinch-hitting for Garcia in the seventh, slashed a RBI-single to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. But Texas scored twice in the ninth, winning 2-1. Boxscore
“I’ve been working a lot to keep the ball down, get ahead early in the count,” Garcia told MLB.com.