Win: Yovani Gallardo (7-2)
Loss: Matt Cain (3-4)
MVP: Gallardo (.329)
LVP: Mark Kotsay (-.093)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
After the first two games of this series were decided by just one run apiece, the Brewers and Yovani Gallardo never let San Francisco even sniff a lead in the rubber match.
Gallardo was nothing short of outstanding today. He went eight innings and allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out five Giant hitters. San Francisco didn't even threaten to score until the eighth inning when they had runners on first and second with two outs. But Andres Torres hit a long flyball to right field that Mark Kotsay go under to get Yo out of the inning safely. Gallardo is now tied for the league lead in wins with seven.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth, but did get into a little bit of trouble after giving up two hits. However, a double play and a nice running catch by Nyjer Morgan later and he worked his way out of it.
Ryan Braun had another great game, going 3-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored on his mom's birthday. Rickie Weeks also had three hits, going 3-5 with the Brewers lone extra base hit (a double), two RBI, and one run scored.
On the flip side, Jonathan Lucroy had one of his worst hitting games in the majors: Four at-bats, four strikeouts.
Josh Wilson made his Brewers debut, pinch hitting for Yuniesky Betancourt in the eighth and taking over at SS for the ninth. In his lone at bat, Wilson grounded out to third base. He also made the turn on the double play in the ninth.
The win was the 21st at home for Milwaukee--the most home wins in the majors. They'll be leaving Miller Park tomorrow, though, as they take on the struggling Cincinnati Reds followed by a series in Florida against the Marlins.