W: Yovani Gallardo (7-3)
L: Jeremy Sowers (1-4)
MVP: JJ Hardy (+.199)
LVP: Casey McGehee (-.080)
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Yovani Gallardo struggled early tonight, walking the bases loaded and throwing 37 pitches in the first inning. He escaped having allowed only two runs to score. It seemed like he was in trouble all night, except for a ten-pitch fourth inning, but he managed to keep Cleveland from doing any more damage.
Meanwhile, the Brewers offense did their part to get him a win. Prince Fielder doubled in the first Brewers run in the fourth inning. Casey McGehee and Bill Hall both drove in runs in the fifth inning, letting Yovani leave the game with a 3-2 lead. JJ Hardy put the Brewers up 4-2 in the top of the 6th with his second hit. Todd Coffey surrendered a run on only six pitches (not a single one taken) in the sixth inning but followed that up with a scoreless seventh.
The Brewers added to their lead and deprived Carlos Villanueva of a save in the top of the 8th. Prince singled and Mike Cameron tripled him in for the first run. Mat Gamel was intentionally walked and JJ Hardy gave the Indians a grounder but they could only get one out and Cameron scored to make it 6-3. Jason Kendall then singled up the middle to bring Gamel home and put the final Brewers tally on the board.
Villanueva pitched a scoreless eighth, helped by Mike Cameron's nice catch robbing Mark DeRosa of an RBI extra-base hit in deep right-center. In the ninth, pesky Shin-Soo Choo rapped out his fifth hit of the series before a nifty diving stop by Prince Fielder retired Ryan Garko. Travis Hafner then hit a frozen rope just inside the right-field foul pole and over the wall to make it 7-5. Villanueva then bore down and retired Jamey Carroll and Ben Francisco to finish the game.
Injury note: Casey McGehee left the game in the 7th inning with right knee soreness. The TV crew said it has been bothering him for a while and was heavily iced last night.