Brewers-Giants: Yovani Gallardo Is a One-Man Wrecking Crew

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IApril 9, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 08:  Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a three run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning during a Major League Baseball game on April 8, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

It didn't take Yovani Gallardo long to make people forget about the losses of CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. If his start on Wednesday night is any indication of what to expect this year, Gallardo will indeed be in the running for the Cy Young award at the end of the year.

Gallardo not only out-pitched future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, he took Johnson deep in the fifth inning to provide the run support he needed to pick up his, and the team's, first wins of the season, 4-2 over the Giants

Yo pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out six Giant batters while only allowing two runs. Gallardo walked the first and last batters he faced, and in between he showed great poise and control that baffled the Giants at the plate.

Mike Cameron got the scoring started for the Brewers in the second by hitting the team's first home run of the year. Cameron also drew another walk, his fifth in the first two games, and has yet to strike out. Cam is showing great discipline and patience at the plate this season, unlike the free-swinger he was last season.

Gallardo got into trouble in the seventh and Mitch Stetter provided no relief help. Stetter walked the only batter he faced, but Todd Coffey came in and closed the door on the Giants rally. Coffey pitched a scoreless eighth inning as well.

Carlos Villanueva came on in the ninth and picked up his first career one-inning save. His previous two saves were multiple-inning outings. CV looked rock solid and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

The offense struggled against Randy Johnson and only managed five hits for the night, all of which went for extra bases. Ryan Braun doubled twice, and Bill Hall also smacked a double.

J.J. Hardy and Jason Kendall each went hitless again, although it was Kendall's intentional pass in the fifth inning that led to Gallardo's homer.

The Brewers look to take the series against the Giants this afternoon when Manny Parra takes the mound against Matt Cain.  Game time is 4:05 p.m. PT.

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