WP: Yovani Gallardo (5-6)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (3-7)
HR: Rickie Weeks (5)
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (.247)
LVP: Jean Segura (-.094)
For the second straight day, the Brewers paired good hitting with a very good starting pitching performance and won a baseball game. It seems like a formula that could lead to continued success.
The very good starting pitching performance came from Yovani Gallardo this evening. Gallardo pitched a beautiful game tonight holding the Marlins to four hits in eight innings with only one walk and four strikeouts. Gallardo was able to keep an economical pitch count tonight with 13 groundball outs and three inning-ending double plays. Tonight was the first time this season Gallardo pitched into the eighth inning.
This was also a special night for Gallardo as he collected his 1,000th career strikeout against Marcell Ozuna in the bottom of the seventh inning. He joined Ben Sheets and Teddy Higuera as the only Brewers pitchers to reach the milestone. If he stays healthy and remains a Brewer, Gallardo will likely pass Higuera (1,081) by the end of the season.
The Brewers wasted no time putting runs on the board this evening in Miami, scoring in each of the first three innings. Norichika Aoki started things off with a leadoff double to right field. After a Jean Segura flyout, Carlos Gomez singled to left to score Aoki on an inaccurate throw from Juan Pierre and ended up advancing to third after a wild throw to second. Jonathan Lucroy scored Gomez from third on a single up the middle to give the Brewers a two-run lead.
Aoki and Gomez combined for another run in the second inning in very similar fashion. Aoki singled after a Yovani Gallardo strikeout and moved up to second on a Segura groundout. For the second time on the night, Gomez came through with a single to score Aoki from second to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Brewers added another run on a solo home run from Rickie Weeks. Weeks had a great game tonight. He made plays all over the infield tonight including bailing Yovani Gallardo out of trouble by climbing the ladder on a shot from Ed Lucas to start a double play that ended the sixth inning. Along with his play in the field, Weeks also collected three hits on the evening.
Gomez led off the seventh with a triple down the right field line and Lucroy recorded his second RBI of the night on a single to right field. With the bases loaded following singles from Logan Schafer and Rickie Weeks, Juan Francisco hit a sacrifice fly to right center to score the Brewers sixth and final run of the night.
Wily Peralta will take the mound tomorrow as the Brewers look to win their fifth straight game. The Marlins will send Jacob Turner to the mound for the third time this season. In his first two starts, Turner has only allowed one run in thirteen innings. First pitch is 6:10 p.m.