The Brewers train kept on rolling Thursday afternoon in Arizona as the Crew earned a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks behind another strong performance from Yovani Gallardo.
After a rough May that saw Gallardo post a 5.79 ERA, he allowed just one run over his last two starts, totaling 14 innings of work, and he continued that run today allowing one run in seven innings of work.
For the first four innings of the game, Gallardo was matched pitch-for-pitch by Arizona starter Chase Anderson.
Through the first four innings of the game, each starter allowed just one base runner. Anderson hit Khris Davis with a pitch in the second inning and erased him on a double play; and Gallardo allowed a single to Chris Owings in the bottom of the fourth.
The game started in earnest in the fifth inning when Aramis Ramirez led off with a double to right. He scored two batters later on a Lyle Overbay double. Overbay came in to score on a single by Elian Herrera who was starting for Ryan Braun who got the day off.
Arizona answered back in the bottom of the frame with their only run of the game. David Peralta led off with a single, and Cody Ross followed with a single of his own to move Peralta to third. Peralta came in to score on a fielder’s choice ground out by Didi Gregorius.
Milwaukee added a run in the top of the sixth inning. With one out Jean Segura bounced a high chopper off the mound, and Anderson fired it to first even though he had no chance at Segura. The throw was wild and Segura moved to second base. He came in to score on a single by Ramirez.
Gallardo picked up the win, his fifth of the season. He went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits. He did not allow a walk and struck out four. Rodriguez picked up his league leading 23rd save for Milwaukee.
Anderson took the loss for Arizona, his second of the season. He threw six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.