Freddy Garcia breaks things down in simple terms. That’s the case when he pitches well, the case most of this season, and on days like yesterday when he does not. “I got my —— whipped,” he said.
Garcia lasted just 22 / 3 innings, giving up a season-worst seven runs along with nine hits, his second-highest total of the season. He allowed home runs by Nick Markakis (No. 15) and Mark Reynolds (No. 32) after allowing two home runs in his previous 12 starts. “They hit every pitch I threw,” said Garcia, who saw his ERA climb to 3.50 from 3.09. “Slider, split, fastball, slow curve, everything. I just have to forget about it, focus on my next start and go from there.”