WP: Yovani Gallardo (2-2)
LP: Zach Duke (2-2)
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (+.217)
LVP: Alcides Escobar (-.049)
HR: Alcides Escobar (!), Casey McGehee (5)
Ok, this is starting to get ridiculous. But in a good way, sort of.
The Brewer bats sure do like facing Zach Duke: they chased the Pirate ace after only four innings. Yovani Gallardo got the scoring started with a two-RBI double, aided by terrible attempt at blocking home plate by Ryan Doumit, which allowed Gregg Zaun to score. The Brewers tacked on five more runs in the next inning with two RBIs from Zaun and one each for Alcides Escobar, Gallardo, and Rickie Weeks. After a Corey Hart sac fly in the fourth, the bats got quiet again, but woke up again in the eighth when they scored nine more runs including Escobar's first home run of the year and a grand slam by Casey McGehee. That inning also featured two more RBIs from Zaun, bringing his total for the day up to five, and Prince Fielder. Every starter collected a hit today, with five players (Gomez, Fielder, Zaun, Escobar, and Gallardo) collecting multiple hits
Gallardo was his usual erratic but effective self. Unlike his last game against the Pirates, Yo was able to get through 6 inninngs today, limiting them to two unearned runs. He also struck out four and walked three. Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva each pitched a scoreless inning, with new relief pitcher Jeff Suppan holding a fifteen run lead in the ninth, allowing one run.
The Brewers have now outscored the Pirates 53-4 in four games this season.
Join us again tomorrow for game two of the series! Hopefully we saved some offense for Randy Wolf.