One would have never known Yovani Gallardo was dealing with a family issue by the way he pitched Friday night. The right-hander tied for the National League lead by posting his 20th consecutive quality start, scattering just four hits and one run over seven innings while striking out nine in leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park. Gallardo also drove in a pair of runs with a single in the fourth inning, helping carry the Brewers to their eighth consecutive home win. Manager Ron Roenicke divulged after the game that Gallardo was headed back home to Texas to tend to an illness in the family. "This has been going on for a little bit," said Roenicke, who added Gallardo would return to the team Monday and remain in line to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Not everyone on the team appeared to be aware Gallardo was dealing with an off-the-field issue. "He told me before the game," said Ryan Braun, who helped pad Gallardo's lead with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. "So it's that much more impressive that he went out there and performed as well as he did on the mound and at the plate knowing there's some more important things going on in his life." Gallardo (12-8) was on his game early, striking out Ryan Howard to end the first and then the side in the second. The Phillies managed just a single off him through three innings before getting him in trouble to start off the fourth. Chase Utley led off with a ground-rule double down the left-field line, and Howard followed with a double to straightaway center that glanced off Nyjer Morgan's glove as he retreated.
Gallardo sparkles despite having family matters
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug 18