WP: Jon Garland (1-1)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (2-1)
Maybe there's something in the water in Arizona this week ...
A day after Jeff Suppan and Manny Parra took turns getting cuffed around by the Dodgers, Yovani Gallardo took a pretty good beating at the hands of the Fathers: 8 hits (3 doubles), 2 walks, and six Ernies in only three innings of work. Gallardo found trouble almost immediately, as he allowed a one-out single to Wonder Sprite David Eckstein and a double to Jerry Hairston, Jr., and then, after a strikeout, gave up back-to-back run-scoring doubles to Matt Stairs and Yorvit Torrealba in the first inning.
At this point, we have to acknowledge the obvious: YoGa's struggles have blown the door wide open for Chris Smith, who now has to be in the discussion as a potential Opening Day starter.
The Brewers starters weren't much interested in hitting today, as Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee were the only regulars to notch a base knock, and Ryan Braun left the game with a hamstring after trying to leg out a chopper. On the happier side of the ledger, the suddenly rejuvenated Jim Edmonds celebrated his return from Parts Unknown by clubbing his second tater of the spring and driving in three runs on the day.
Trevor Hoffman got some run against his old mates, pitching the seventh inning. Trevor danced out of trouble, giving up a lead-off double to Torrealba and an infield hit to Everth Cabrera -- which wasn't Hoff's fault, since it was a routine grounder that Luis Cruz bobbled -- but ultimately emerged from the inning unscathed.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't note that Tony Gwynn, Jr. went 0-3 with two pop-outs and a K. (He also drew a walk and scored, but that doesn't help my argument, so I'm ignoring it.) NEVER FORGET.