Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse went head to head Saturday in what was most definitely billed as a pitching matchup did not disappoint. Unfortunately the game did not go in the favor of the Cardinals on this day.
Over his now five year major league career, Yovani Gallardo is a career 38-26 with a 3.85 ERA (this season thus far is 3-2 : 5.11 ERA). He is a lesser known pitcher to the league but is most definitely a pitcher to interest and everyone in the NL Central knows this. In a rotation about to bring in Zack Greinke starting Monday, it is scary to think these two men alongside Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf backed by the offense they are building is a scary future for the rest of the NL Central to think about. Should make a much more aggressive round of rivals for the next decade or more for sure.
This game was obviously all about the Brewers as they were the team finally able to cool down the Cardinals smoking hot lineup.
The top of the 3rd is when the Brewers finally struck first. The inning starts with two outs to Craig Counsell and Ryan Braun, but everything turns around starting with a walk to Prince Fielder. Casey McGehee doubled in the next at bat in an odd play that scored Prince when Kyle Lohse cut off the ball on the way to the plate. Now Prince is built like his daddy Cecil no doubt, and I felt if he had not cut off this ball there was a very real chance to catch Fielder at the plate, but he cuts it off and catchs Casey in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd for the last out, 1-0 Brewers.
Bottom of the 8th (last night was top of the 8th oddly enough) Daniel Descalso singles to center to break up the no-no and get the only St. Louis hit on the afternoon.
Top of the 9th is when things really break open and all hope begins to be lost.
Mitchell Boggs takes the mound for the Cardinals in this tightly contested game and starts the inning with two singles before he gets a coaching visit to the mound. He strikes out next batter Jonathan Lucroy and throws a wild pitch to advance the runners to 2nd and third and they decide to pull him in favor of Jason Motte. Motte gives up a triple to Carlos Gomez the first batter to let in two runs, 3-0 Brewers.
Betancourt bats in the pitchers slot oddly as to not allow Gallardo the complete, one hit game as a result. Betancourt then hits a sac fly to score Carlos Gomez, 4-0 Brewers. That would end up being all of the excitement and the Brewers pick up the victory.
Winning Pitcher: Yovani Gallardo
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Lohse