MVP: Yovani Gallardo (.355)
LVP: Jonathan Lucroy (-.136)
With Mat Latos on the mound and Yovani Gallardo making his return from the disabled list, one might have expected to see the Reds come out on top tonight, but Gallardo was able to shut down the Reds and the Brewers young hitters put together a string of hits to pull out a victory in Miller Park Saturday night.
In the fourth inning, the Brewers were able to do some damage with two outs. Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett started the rally with back-to-back singles and Logan Schafer followed them with a double to right field that scored both Davis and Gennett to give the Brewers the only runs they would score all night.
With 82 pitches and one out in the seventh inning, Ron Roenicke decided to remove Yovani Gallardo after a Brandon Phillips single. Brandon Kintzler came into the game and gave up a bloop single to the very first batter he faced. After another single from Ryan Ludwick to load the bases, Kintzler was able to get pinch hitter Xavier Paul to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Gallardo looked very good tonight in his return. Before the game, Roenicke told reporters they would be cautious with Gallardo and probably hold him to around 75 pitches. He started off the game by retiring eleven straight batters before walking Joey Votto and giving up his first hit to Brandon Phillips in consecutive at-bats in the fourth inning. In six plus innings of shutout baseball, Gallardo gave up three hits and two walks while striking out three. It was a very promising return and hopefully a sign of things to come the rest of the season.
Kintzler returned for a perfect eighth inning to retain the two-run lead and get the Brewers to Jim Henderson. Henderson sat down the meat of the Reds lineup tallying three strikeouts to end the game and seal the Brewers 2-0 victory.
The Brewers will wrap up their series against the Reds tomorrow with Wily Peralta on the mound. In two August starts, Peralta has given up only three runs over the 14 innings he has pitched and will look to continue that success against the Reds on Sunday. Homer Bailey will try to put an end to his struggles against the Brewers tomorrow after giving up 10 runs in his two starts against the Brewers this season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.