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Yo flirts with no-no, settles for win as Brewers beat Cardinals 4-0

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W: Yovani Gallardo (3-2)
L: Kyle Lohse (4-2)

MVP: Yovani Gallardo (+.614)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.142)

Win Expectancy Graph

I've written three recaps since Wednesday, and all of them have been downright depressing. But not this one, my friends.

Yovani Gallardo has had a lot of problems lately. He had a 8.89 ERA over his last five starts and hasn't had a decent outing since his two-hitter back in early April. But he washed away all of the bad vibes today by not allowing a Cardinal hit for the first seven innings of the game. Gallardo was helped out with a couple great catches in the outfield by Carlos Gomez and Mark Kotsay. Daniel Descalso ruined our fun with a clean single to start the eighth inning. Overall he threw eight innings today, with one hit, four walks, and six strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the Brewer offense still looked fairly lost again. They took the lead in the third inning when Casey McGehee hit his second double of the day to drive in Prince Fielder. The Brewer bats went quiet after that, until the top of the top of the ninth.

With the no-hitter gone, the Brewers had to fucus on getting some Badger Mutual Insurance Runs. Casey McGehee singled to start the inning, and was followed by Mark Kotsay who also singled. After Jonathan Lucroy struck out, and Cardinal manager Tony LaRussa changed pitcher mid-at bat, Carlos Gomez hit a two run triple to bring the lead to 3-0. Yuniesky Betancourt pinch-hit for Gallardo and delivered a sac fly to score Gomez. Although it wasn't a save situation, John Axford came in to pitch the ninth and retired the side in order.