Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh My Gallardo!

I really don't know what to say right now. I'm not quite speechless, there's a lot I have to say about what happened in the Brewer game on Wednesday, but I'm looking for one word to sum it all up. Dominating? It's a good word, but that doesn't even do justice for the performance Yovani Gallardo gave for Milwaukee today. I mean, this has to be one of the best outings by a pitcher in the history of baseball, that's how good he was today. 

What sort of performance deserves this praise? Would you be satisfied if the answer was eight innings pitched, two hits allowed, no earned runs, eleven strikeouts, and a solo home run in a game that ended 1-0?

Yeah, there's not really a word for that.

Gallardo was simply beyond ace today. We expected performances like this from him, but not like this. He single-handily won the Brewers a game. You don't do that in baseball. But Yovani Gallardo did.

Yovani took a no-hitter into the 5th inning, and allowed just two hits all game. But despite his efforts, the Brewers just could not get things going on offense. "That's ok," Yovani seemed to have said, "I'll just jack one out of here and win the game myself." Whether he said that or not, that's exactly what he did, as his solo shot in the 7th was the game's only run.

Seriously, this is about as perfect of a game as you can have in the big leagues. The only thing missing was that he couldn't go a complete game, as Macha took him out after 116 pitches and eight innings. He went to Carlos Villanueva for the save (old balls Hoffman just pitched back-to-back days), and Carlos rose to the occasion with a 1-2-3 inning. 

The win gives the Brewers their first series sweep of the season, and it is starting to appear like the Pirates may never beat Milwaukee again. Just an unbelievable series, capped off with one of the most unbelievable Brewer victories of all-time.

Player of the Game: Hint: This entire posting is devoted to him.

Update: It has been announced that Mike Rivera is indeed heading to the 15-Day DL after his collison at home plate on Tuesday night. The Brewers have not yet determined who will join the active roster in his place.


Fear the Beer said...

I was there to enjoy this one, I lived blogged it too, so check it out.

my last two Brewer games have both been 1-0 wins.

Chad said...

Yovani is so ace.

Anonymous said...

I think he deserves two points in the player of the game standing. This was just unbelievable.

??????? said...

I was also there today ... what a game! The Crew are gaining momentum after a slow start. It all comes back to starting pitching. Always.

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