Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo, one of the most esteemed righthanders in baseball, has a 53-27 career record, or nearly two wins in every three decisions, against all big-league clubs but one. The renegades are the Cardinals. Held to only eight hits in 52 at-bats with runners in scoring position on a recent .500 trip, the Cardinals blasted Gallardo per usual Friday night at Busch Stadium. Their 13-1 romp past the Brewers dropped Gallardo to 1-9 in his career against the Cardinals with a dreadful 7.05 earned run average. That doesn't count a postseason loss by Gallardo to the Cardinals last year, but the strange footnote to this is that in Gallardo's lone win against them last May, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. "It can be a mental thing," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "Any time a team can hit you like that, there are a lot of mental doubts." In the first three innings alone Friday, the Cardinals had seven hits in 11 at-bats with men in scoring position, and they were nine for 16 overall in that department as they mauled the Brewers to the delight of a paid crowd of 43,063. Jake Westbrook scored his third win in four decisions with seven efficient innings, lowering his earned run average to 1.30. The Cardinals remain publicly mystified as to why they not only handle Gallardo, but manhandle him. Manager Mike Matheny said, "You can't put your finger on something like that. He's somebody where you know it's a long day when he's on the mound."
Cards blast Brewers, Gallardo
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 28