The quest for 0-162 ended for the Brewers tonight. All it took to end the possibility of a winless season was a complete game from their starter.
Yovani Gallardo (W, 1-0, 1.20) pitched a gem tonight against Atlanta, going the distance with only 111 pitches while only giving up two hits and two walks, to lead Milwaukee to a 1-0 victory tonight. Gallardo kept the Atlanta hitters off-balance all night by changing speeds with his fastball and mixing in a good slider and curve.
The Braves had two hits throughout the game, neither of which was able to produce a legitimate rally. The two hits came from (surprisingly) Nate McLouth in the 1st (Chipper Jones hit a GIDP next AB), and Dan Uggla in the 8th (he was caught stealing after sliding past 2nd base). Atlanta still hasn’t advanced a runner into scoring position this series. Martin Prado’s walk in the 4th was followed up by a double play from McLouth and Jason Heyward reached on a two-out walk in the 5th, but he was left stranded after a Alex Gonzalez ground out to Gallardo.
Derek Lowe (L, 1-1, 0.77) didn’t have a bad outing either, allowing one ER, five hits, and three walks in six innings, and recording seven Ks along the way. The 3rd inning was the “doom” inning of the evening. After a leadoff strikeout, Gallardo, Mr. Do-it-all, singled on a small blooper that was just out of reach of Uggla and Eric Hinske. He advanced to 2nd after a single to left field by Nyjer Morgan, and Ryan Braun hit a single that just tipped off of Chipper’s glove to allow Gallardo to score.
Milwaukee had a couple of great chances in the 8th to add insurance runs. Morgan led off by hitting a line drive into right-center field that Heyward and McLouth both missed; skipper Fredi Gonzalez said after the game that they both lost the ball in the lights. Morgan was rewarded by the scorekeeper with a triple. But the Brewers’ clutch hitting woes appeared once again. Eric O’Flaherty forced Prince Fielder to hit a grounder to Uggla, who threw Morgan out at home by half a step. Prado then made a great throw from left field, and McCann made a terrific tag to get Braun for the final out of the inning.
The series will continue tomorrow with game 3 starting at 8:10 ET.