CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers stands on the mound during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
W: Yovani Gallardo (14-8)
L: Travis Wood (4-11)
S: John Axford (21)
HR: Jeff Bianchi (1, first of career), Travis Wood (1)
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (+.325)
LVP: Martin Maldonado (-.074)
The Brewers are winners of four of their last five road games, clinched a winning road trip and moved back to six games under .500 on the season with another win over the Cubs tonight, powered by Yovani Gallardo and unlikely hero Jeff Bianchi.
The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the second when Corey Hart doubled, Carlos Gomez singled and Jeff Bianchi, starting at shortstop in place of Jean Segura, drove them both home with the first homer of his career. The Brewers later tacked on a fourth run when Rickie Weeks was picked off and Norichika Aoki scored on the play, but that was the full extent of tonight's offense.
Bianchi's homer was enough for Yovani Gallardo, who was excellent again. He allowed a solo home run to Cubs pitcher Travis Wood but that was the only scoring as he allowed the single run on just three hits over seven innings, walking three and striking out nine. Gallardo tied the Brewers' Miller Park Era record by pitching at least seven innings in six straight games, and is the 14th pitcher in franchise history to win six consecutive starts. He also did it in 2011.
Elsewhere in streaks, Brewer pitchers struck out eleven Cubs tonight and have now struck out ten or more opposing batters in eight consecutive games. That's the longest streak in the majors since 1900.
This series continues tomorrow when Mike Fiers takes on Jeff Samardzija at 7:05.