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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Garza not concerned with his win total

By Bruce Levine

Although starting pitcher Matt Garza has yet to win his first game as a Cub, he was able to throw six shutout innings in Chicago’s 2-1 victory in Wednesday’s first game of a split doubleheader.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza has 34 strikeouts this season.
Reed Johnson’s home run leading off the 11th proved to be the game-winner. Nonetheless , Garza was happy the Cubs got a win even though he didn’t notch a decision.

”Wins don’t matter,” Garza said. “As long as we get the big W that goes on our side. I’m here to get to October anyway. We can do it. If I don’t win all year, and we win all of my games that doesn’t bother me one bit. “

Garza, the current National League strikeout leader with 34, had a strong combination of pitches on Wednesday, including a 94 mph fastball, and good command of his breaking balls. Garza’s day ended after the sixth inning in which he had to throw 35 pitches and work around three walks.

“That’s a guy fighting against himself as hard as he can,” Garza said. “I was trying to be too perfect too pretty instead of just going after guys. There’s no reason I should have thrown 35 pitches.”

Johnson’s homer came on a 1-1 pitch off San Diego’s Luke Gregerson. Garza looked at Johnson’s game-winning long ball as a team victory.

“Every guy in this dugout, every guy in this clubhouse, counts for something,” Garza said. “[Each player’s] job is important. [Each player] is a piece of the puzzle. We are all a piece of the puzzle. When you get all those pieces together, everything starts clicking in the right direction. Reed did today what you expect every guy to do. Come in and be ready and get the job done.”

Garza owns a 2.00 ERA in his two starts at Wrigley Field.