Yovani Gallardo spun a 2-hitter and scored the games only run as the Milwaukee Brewers finally got their first win of the season, beating the Atlanta Braves, 1-0 at Miller Park.
Gallardo was in complete control the entire night, as he faced jut one over the minimum in tossing the complete game gem. In the first inning, Nate McLouth hit a one out single, but was erased on a Chipper Jones double play.
In the 4th inning, Martin Prado led off with a walk, but he too was erased when McLouth grounded one to Prince Fielder who started the 3-6-3 double play. In the 8th, Dan Uggla led off with the Braves first hit since McLouth’s in the first, but he promptly went back to the bench when Gallardo’ batterymate, George Kottaras fired a bullet to 2nd to nail Uggla trying to steal. Uggla actually beat the throw, but slid past the bag, and was tagged out by Rickie Weeks.
Gallardo also helped himself out with the bat. One of the better hitting pitchers in the game, Yovani singled with one out in the 3rd, and scored from 2nd with two outs on Ryan Braun’s single to left.
The 3rd shutout of Gallardo’s career was not only the first win of the season for the Brewers, but the first win for Ron Roenicke as a manager in the bigs.
Milwaukee is now 1-4 through five games and will look to make it two in a row tomorrow when Sergio Mitre gets the start. Acquired at the end of Spring Training from the Yankees for outfielder Chris Dickerson, Mitre is filling in for the Brewers other ace, Zach Greinke, still out with a fractured rib. Opposing Mitre for the Brave will be rookie left-hander Mike Minor, also called up as a spot starter for the injured Jair Jurrjens.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!