The Milwaukee Brewers weren't going to stumble out to an 0-5 start - Yovani Gallardo made sure of that. The ace right-hander turned in one of the most memorable starts of his young career on Tuesday night, twirling a complete-game two-hitter while also scoring the Brewers' lone run in a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park. Starting for a team that had been struggling in just about every facet of the game, Gallardo had plenty of pressure on his 25-year-old shoulders when he took the ball. But, as he's shown in the past, Gallardo was up for the challenge. And after 111 pitches, he'd faced just one batter over the minimum in posting his fourth career complete game. "Coming into today, I just took it as any other start, to be honest with you," Gallardo said. "We have a great ball team. It's just a matter of turning things around. We're all very excited and glad we did it, and hopefully there's a lot more wins to come." It was a performance the Brewers simply had to have, as they finally found a way to win despite their continued struggles at the plate. They managed just seven hits and left eight runners on base. "It's tough right now," said manager Ron Roenicke. "Tough getting runs. Yovani picked us up with a great outing." Gallardo accounted for the Brewers' lone run when, with one out in the bottom of the third inning, he looped a perfectly placed single into short right between first baseman Eric Hinske and a diving Dan Uggla at second. After Weeks struck out, Nyjer Morgan followed with a sharp single to left, moving Gallardo to second. Then Ryan Braun delivered, smacking a single to left off the glove of a diving Chipper Jones at third. The ball was struck well enough that leftfielder Martin Prado would have had a play at the plate on Gallardo, but Jones' deflection slowed it enough to allow the Brewers' pitcher to score easily and give himself a lead with which to work. From that point, Gallardo allowed just two base runners until Uggla singled to lead off the top of the eighth. After Jason Heyward popped out to Casey McGehee, Uggla was then caught stealing when, despite a poor throw by George Kottaras, he overslid second and Weeks applied the tag.
Gallardo sparkles as Brewers notch first win
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 6