With a 1-and-1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers this past Wednesday and Thursday, coupled with their 3-to-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field, it appears that the Milwaukee Brewers may be on a roll? But what direction are they rolling — that is the question…
Yovani Gallardo continued his strikeout tear with 10 in five innings, Rickie Weeks and Jim Edmonds homered, and Ryan Braun scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. The Brewers got the lead back in the fifth, and Rickie Weeks led off with a single, but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice from Joe Inglett. Braun then followed with a liner to left that went off the glove of a diving Gillespie. However, Gillespie recovered the ball quickly and relayed it to Stephen Drew, who gunned down Inglett at the plate. Braun did ultimately wind up at third on the play and scored on a wild pitch from Jackson for the 3-2 lead. Clearly any prediction on what direction the Milwaukee Brewers are heading is incumbent upon the apparent streak of Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo reached double digits in strikeouts for the third time in four starts — the first Brewers pitcher ever to do so — but ran up his pitch count in the process, leaving the Mexican-born right-hander to settle for five workmanlike innings. The 24-year-old struck out at least one batter in each inning he pitched on the way to 10 strikeouts in all, and held Arizona to two runs on three hits. Gallardo (4-2) has won each of his last four starts and is the only pitcher in the franchise’s 42-season history to reach double-digit whiffs three times in the span of four starts.
Lets hope that he can maintain what he has going and keep the Milwaukee Brewers on the rise in wins!