Win: Yovani Gallardo (7-8)
Loss: Shaun Marcum (1-10)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (8)
HR: Buck (14), Lucroy (9), Byrd (13)
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (.206 WPA)
LVP: Juan Francisco (-.068 WPA)
One of the Brewers biggest trade candidates had a great game at the plate today. He went 2-2 with a double and two runs scored.
Unfortunately, teams tend to prefer their starting pitchers pitch well. On that account, Yovani Gallardo was mediocre. Through four innings he was throwing a shutout, with just two walks and a hit. John Buck then led off the fifth inning with a home run. A single and double later, and the Mets had put two on the board. They would score two more off of Gallardo in the sixth inning.
Gallardo's final line on the night: 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K. Not great, not awful. Kind of similar to how Gallardo's season has gone.
An inning later, John Axford's scoreless appearances streak ended. He came on for the seventh inning and allowed a run on two singles and a walk followed by a sacrifice fly.
Fortunately, the Brewers bats were up to the challenge tonight, blistering former teammate Shaun Marcum for 11 hits and five earned runs in five innings.
Milwaukee got five runs in the first four innings, then tagged on one more apiece in the sixth and seventh to hold a lead.
Logan Schafer had a nice night at the plate, going 3-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Rickie Weeks also reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Norichika Aoki and Jonathan Lucroy (who also homered) also picked up two hits.
The Brewers and Mets play one more tomorrow. Tom Gorzelanny starts against Jeremy Hafner with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 CT.