Rosemead Errs Against El Monte

032411RosemeadPitcherXROSEMEAD - 3/18/11 - Ralph Garcia pitched an excellent game in his first start of the year for the Rosemead High baseball team on Friday.

Unfortunately, his defense wasn't up to par.

Despite pitching a complete game, Garcia committed three errors on the mound, resulting in two unearned runs, as the Panthers fell to visiting El Monte High, 3-2, in the Mission Valley League season opener.

Garcia (0-1) finished the game with three strikeouts against two walks as he finessed his way from batter to batter, much to the delight of his coach, Mike Salgado.

"(Garcia's) not a power guy, but he has a lot of movement on his ball," Salgado said. "His location was good. His breaking ball was also really good. Keeping batters off guard is key for a pitcher."

Garcia was also very economical on the mound, throwing just 90 pitches.

"That's very good for a high school kid," Salgado said.

El Monte (3-1 overall, 1-0 in league) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, thanks to a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a fielding error by Garcia and a two-out RBI single by Lion pitcher Daniel Farfan.

Rosemead (0-6, 0-1) tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Paul Cruz led off with a double, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch from Farfan.

But the Lions took the lead for good in the top of the sixth with a walk, a single and some wild throwing by the Panthers.

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