Milwaukee Brewers

Yovani Gallardo Hurls Gem; Milwaukee Brewers Win 5-2

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers deals a pitch against the New York Mets on April 18, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Tim SeemanAnalyst IApril 25, 2009

Just a day after Dave Bush took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in front of family in Philadelphia, Yovani Gallardo had the ball in Houston with his friends and family in tow.

The results were much the same, which was expected with Gallardo facing the Astros.

In two previous starts against Houston, Gallardo had allowed no runs in 15 innings. After tonight, he's thrown 24 innings and allowed only two runs on a pop-fly-turned-home-run by the short porch in left for former Brewer Carlos Lee.

Other than that, Gallardo only allowed scattered hits and made quick work of the Astros.

Offensively, the Brewers plated four runs in the fourth innings on six singles with a sacrifice bunt from Gallardo sprinkled in.  Rickie Weeks also jacked his third homer of the year, bouncing the ball off the wall below the Minute Maid train in left field.

After a slow start, I think it's safe to say that the Brewers have turned the corner, getting great pitching out of Braden Looper, Bush, and Gallardo.  Jeff Suppan also had a better start in his last outing.  The only question left is if Manny Parra can shake whatever is holding him back so far this year.

The Milwaukee defense also continued to sparkle, especially in the infield.  Weeks, Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy, and Bill Hall have all displayed spectacular glove work so far.  It's something that Brewer fans aren't quite accustomed to, but hopefully it'll be something we get used to.

The only regret heading into tomorrow's game is that it's not in San Francisco for Parra to be able to pitch in front of his friends and family.  It certainly seemed to help Gallardo and Bush.

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