With Dave Bush on the disabled list and Manny Parra trying to figure out what has gone wrong with his control in the minors Yovani Gallardo stepped up with a great pitching performance for the Brewers. Gallardo struck out nine while giving up four hits and three walks and lasted well into the eight inning helping the Brewers to a 5-1 win. The Brewers ace showed a lot of poised and made quality pitches when he had too. This is what the Brewers needed out of him every start or at least most of his starts. If Gallardo can become more consistent that would help out a lot.
Ryan Braun who is battling for an All-Star spot did not hurt his chances as he drove in two runs and J.J. Hardy homered to give Gallardo all the offense he would need on this night. The Brewers needed this win after struggling of late, but the problem is will they get any similar performances from the starting pitching in this series. They need more than just one player to step up if they hope to continue to win. It cannot be just a one man who pitches well we need more quality starts out of others if the Brewers want to win this division.
Don’t forget less than a week is left for All-Star voting. You want to get to MLB.com and vote for your favorite Brewer right now so we can watch them help the NL team win. Trevor Hoffman and Gallardo are probably two guys who will make it, but would like to see more.