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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yovani Gallardo Beats Braves

Brewers fans witnessed a classic performance by 25-year-old ace Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday vs the Braves. With the Brewers facing a potential 0-5 start to the season, Gallardo put his team on his shoulders and went the distance to end the streak at four. Pitching a complete game, two-hit shutout, Gallardo allowed two walks and faced only one batter over the minimum. No Brave reached second base safely, the closest being Dan Uggla, tagged out by Rickie Weeks after sliding past the bag while stealing second. Even more impressively, Gallardo gathered only two strikeouts in the game while inducing 16 groundouts, two of which led to double plays.

As if shutting down the potent Atlanta offense wasn't enough, Gallardo also scored the winning run on a Ryan Braun RBI single after hitting a blooper that fell just out of reach of a diving Uggla. His overall performance led Steve at Bernie's Crew to dub the team the "Milwaukee Gallardos."

So far this season Gallardo has been a great "replacement" for "ace" pitcher Zack Greinke. I would argue that when Greinke returns the team will sport two aces. Simply put, Gallardo is a very good pitcher, and could still become a great pitcher. So long as he remains healthy and a Brewer, Milwaukee can count on him to give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound, and as he's shown us time and time again, he'll often make the difference on offense, too.

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