Yovani Gallardo showed Friday night why everyone has such high expectations for him in 2009. Gallardo pitched the first complete game of his career in the 5-2 win over the Astros.
Gallardo needed only 106 pitches on the night. He struck out seven and walked none. Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer against Gallardo in the fourth, but Gallardo shut the Astros down the rest of the way. Included in Gallardo's seven strikeouts were three punch-outs of Lance Berkman.
Gallardo continues a hot streak for Brewers pitchers. In the last nine games, Brewers starters have had eight quality starts, and the early season questions about the rotation have quieted down.
After Gallardo gave up the home run to Lee in the fourth, the Brewers bounced right back and scored four runs in the top of the fifth. Consecutive singles by Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Mike Cameron showed that the Brewers offense is more than just the home run this year.
Rickie Weeks added a long ball in the seventh for an insurance run.
Weeks and Cameron each had two hits on the night, while JJ Hardy tallied three hits, but his average still sits at a horrendous .190. Hardy is producing in the six-hole and he is finally starting to look comfortable at the plate.
As well as the Brewers bats performed tonight, the story was all about Gallardo. He looks in complete control on the mound and you would never know that he is only 23 years old the way he carries himself. Gallardo now stands at 2-1 on the season, and he appears to be on his way to win his 15 to 20 games for the Brewers this season.
The Brewers have now won three in a row, and it looks like the rotation and the bats are both clicking. The bullpen is fresh and Seth McClung and Mark DeFelice should be ready should Jeff Suppan get in trouble tomorrow.
A win either tomorrow or Sunday will give the Brewers a winning road trip, something very few people thought possible when the Brewers left Miller Park last week.