Friday, May 13, 2011

Gallardo Delivers When Needed

In a game that featured the worst bench clearing in the history of the game (Rickie Weeks and Ronny Cedeno collided a bit while Weeks was in a rundown, it's seriously not even worth looking up), the Brewers were able to come out on top with the 5-2 victory. After I did a little trashing of Ron Roenicke (a post which was conveniently deleted due to the Blogger failure), his boys responded the way you'd want them to, and Milwaukee was able to send the Miller Park crowd home happy.

A big reason for the victory on Friday was the work of Yovani Gallardo, who pitched well in back-to-back starts for the first time since early April. Gallardo went six innings, striking out five batters while giving up only a pair of runs. The bullpen held their own afterwards as well, thanks to Marco Estrada and John Axford. It was refreshing to see the pitching staff get things done, especially after they allowed 20 plus hits the other night to one of the worst hitting teams in baseball, the San Diego Padres.

The guys at the plate held their own as well, including Jonathan Lucroy who hit his second home run of the season. Ryan Braun seemed just fine after roughing up his ankle on Wednesday, and he collected three RBI in the contest. Yovani had the other run batted in, as he was 2-for-3 from the plate. He undoubtedly is getting my POTG, even without his offense. After the terrible game on Wednesday, the Brewers needed a solid performance from their starting pitching, and that's what they got. I was especially impressed with him in the third inning, as the umpires clearly botched a call that should have resulted in a Pittsburgh out, but the umpires didn't see what we all saw in that Yuniesky Betancourt tagged Jose Tabata on a stolen base attempt. Gallardo didn't let the controversy get to him, and he went right back out and got out of the inning.

The Brewers move to 17-21 with the victory, and are at least showing signs of recovery after that dreadful road trip last week. Hopefully they can pick up another win this weekend, and maybe even a sweep.

So good at the plate
Even better on the mound
Gallardo, the man


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