Thursday, June 3, 2010

If Only We Had Five Yovani Gallardos

Boy, Yovani Gallardo sure does make the rest of the Brewers pitching staff look stupid, doesn't he? Not only is he the only pitcher that can deliver a performance that doesn't embarrass the hell out of us, but he also makes up for anemic offensive performances with his bat. Gallardo met both of those requirements on Wednesday night, as he lead the Brewers to a 7-4 victory over the Marlins to give the Crew their first win of the series.

It was a slow start for the Brewers, who gave up a couple of runs to the Marlins in the first few innings but were kept in the game by Gallardo. YoGa actually did something very rarely done by the Brewers this season, which was that he made it into the seventh inning. In those seven frames, he gave up the two runs on just four hits, while also striking out four. But the big moment in this game came when Gallardo lead off the top of the 7th inning with a home run, his second of the season.

It really is night and day how much better Gallardo is than the rest of our staff. In his last ten appearances, Yovani is 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA. As Tom Haudricourt says, he really is the oasis of this pitching staff, but it's almost sad that we can really only hope for quality pitching once or twice a week. I don't know if we have to literally clone him four times to get a quality staff, but right now Gallardo is the Stewie Griffin to the rest of the staff's Bitch Stewie personas.

After the Gallardo home run, the Brewers would tack on five more runs which included home runs from George Kottaras and Prince Fielder. Carlos Villanueva did threaten to give away the lead a little bit, but John Axford came in to record a five-out save and secure the victory for the Brewers. Overall, it turned out to be a decent game for Milwaukee, but they never get that chance late in the game without Gallardo.

With the win, the Brewers are one game better than they were yesterday, but that is still nine games under .500. Thursday night's game is a big one though, as it's going to be Chris Capuano who hopes to even the series for the Brewers. Cappy's appearance will be his first in the major leagues since 2007, so all eyes will be on him to see what he's got. Best of luck.

In other news, the Brewers signed recently-released-from-the-Nationals Brian Bruney to a minor-league deal. Alright, sure.

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