For a good chunk of the first half of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers couldn't buy a quality start let alone a shutout. After becoming the last team in baseball to collect a shutout this season -- finally getting their first on June 15 in Cincinnati -- the Brewers now have seven shutouts in their last 30 games after Saturday night's 6-0 victory over Miami. Yovani Gallardo worked 6 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run, as the Brewers shut out the Marlins for the second night in. "Yovani had great command today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Curveball really good, fastballs to both sides, sliders were good. When we command the ball, we're pretty good and tough to get a lot a runs off of." Though the two shutouts after the All-Star break have come against baseball's worst offensive team, Gallardo and Kyle Lohse's outings the last two nights have continued a turnaround in Milwaukee's starting pitching. Once the worst starting staff in baseball, the Brewers have slowly climbed up to 27th with a lowered ERA of 4.80. With the bullpen continuing to pitch well, Milwaukee hasn't allowed a run in 22 innings dating back to the fifth inning of July 14th's 5-1 victory in Arizona. "(We've pitched) a lot better," Roenicke said. "I think there's been some adjustments. I think some of the guys we knew were going to pitch well eventually. We all thought Peralta sooner or later was going to get it together with his stuff, once he got his command. Yovani we knew was going to pitch better. "It's good to see. Early in the season when we were getting down by so many runs early, it was tough on the offense and tough sometimes to stay in a ball game." Gallardo started Saturday with a 25-pitch first inning due largely in part to a 10-pitch at-bat put together by Marlins leadoff hitter Adeiny Hechavarria. The right-hander turned what could have been another short outing around by throwing no more than 15 pitches in an inning until a 19-pitch sixth inning.
Yovani Gallardo, home runs lead to 6-0 victory over Miami
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Jul 21