The Braves fell to 3-2 on the season after getting shut down by the Brewers ace in Milwaukee. Gallardo pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just two hits and two walks. He needed 111 pitches to do so, and despite frequently falling behind in the count, he worked back and kept the Braves off balance all night.
Lowe pitched six strong innings and didn't deserve the loss. He allowed just one run on five hits and three walks, and struck out seven Brewers. The one run came in the 3rd inning after Yovani Gallardo hit a bloop single to right field. He moved over to third and Ryan Braun hit a single that just got under Chipper Jones' glove. That was all the Brewers ace would need.
It wasn't like Gallardo was mowing the Braves down with filthy strikeout pitches; he had just two strikeouts on the night, and they were both by Eric Hinske. The Braves were stung by the evil BABIP fairy and were just 2-for-24 on balls in play. That won't continue.
The Braves did put on a defensive show in the 8th inning after Jason Heyward misplayed a fly ball in right field. With runners on first and third and no outs, the Brewers were threatening to put the game out of reach. Prince Fielder hit a ground ball on the right side of the infield and Dan Uggla made an impressive play to go to his left, gather the ball cleanly, and make a strong throw home to nail the runner. With runners on first and second, Casey McGehee singled to left field, but Martin Prado made a perfect throw home to nail Ryan Braun by a step. And with two outs and two runners in scoring position, Scott Linebrink forced Carlos Gomez to pop up on the infield for the final out. It didn't end up changing the outcome of the game, but it was fun to see the Braves play so well in the field.
Just tip your cap to Yovani Gallardo and get 'em tomorrow night.
Yovani Gallardo - W, 9IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
The Braves and Brewers will play the third game of a 4-game series tomorrow night in Milwaukee. Mike Minor will make his first start of the season and he'll be facing a tough customer in To Be Decided. Not much is known about him at all. First pitch is at 8:10 EST.
Comments of the Game:
ATLandUNC does it once again...
And this one from secondfh, after our left fielder fired the ball into the infield after the final out was made...