Last time out, Luis Garcia notched double-digits in strikeouts. On Wednesday, he took things even further with another dominant performance that gave him a personal best and put Class A Advanced Fayetteville into the record books.
The No. 29 Astros prospect whiffed 13 while allowing one run on three hits and a walk in six frames to lead the Woodpeckers to an 8-2 win over the Wood Ducks at SEGRA Stadium. His outing gave Fayetteville the Carolina League single-season record with 1,287 strikeouts.
Garcia (5-5) didn’t last more than four innings in any outing over a four-game stretch from July 13-Aug. 1, but turned things around on Aug. 7 against Wilmington. The 22-year-old whiffed 10 in six innings, yielding two hits and three walks in his first scoreless outing since June 11.
It was more of the same for Garcia against Down East, as he faced four over the minimum in his ninth overall win of the season.
A quick first inning was followed by a tough second. Diosbel Arias tripled to right field with one out and Sherten Apostel drew a two-out walk to put runners on the corners. But the Venezuela native remained unshaken and whiffed Josh Altmann to strand the runners.
Second-ranked Rangers prospect Sam Huff provided the only damage against Garcia in the ensuing frame with a solo homer to left, his 13th of the year. But the Woodpeckers starter picked up three more strikeouts in the frame.
Garcia hit a groove over the next three frames, punching out seven of the next eight batters until Curtis Terry lined a single to center with two down in the sixth. That was the last batter to reach against the 6-foot-1, 216-pound hurler, who got Yohel Pozo to pop out to short to end the frame.
After his ERA rose to 4.19 to start the month, Garcia lowered that mark to 3.38 by allowing one run over his last 12 frames. In 93 2/3 innings between Class A Quad Cities and Fayetteville, he sports a 3.17 ERA.
J.P. France whiffed two and Tanner Duncan picked up one strikeout as Fayetteville closed the game out with 15 punchouts. Their record of 1,287 strikeouts eclipsed the previous mark set (1,272 strikeouts) by the 2018 Buies Creek Astros.
Scott Schreiber and Scott Manea went deep as the Woodpeckers collected 10 hits in the victory.
Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt.
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