(AP) — While Adam Wainwright has had plenty of success against the Milwaukee Brewers, Yovani Gallardo hasn’t been able to figure out why the St. Louis Cardinals give him so much trouble.
St. Louis seeks a fifth straight win Saturday while sending host Milwaukee to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Wainwright (4-2, 2.03 ERA) has gotten off to a solid start, striking out 43 while walking only three in 44 1-3 innings. He pitched well Monday but had his four-start winning streak come to an end, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.
“It was a tough game to lose,” Wainwright told the team’s official website. “Sometimes you have to match up zeros with someone who is throwing great, and I didn’t match zeros.”
Wainwright put up plenty of zeros in his best outing of the season April 13, tossing a four-hitter and striking out a career high-tying 12 while also going 3 for 3 with two RBIs in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee.
Two of Wainwright’s five career shutouts have coming against the Brewers.
“It’s always fun to pitch a complete-game shutout,” Wainwright said. “I’ve done it against the Brewers a couple times now. I don’t know what it is about that team. I think they make me focus more, because they have guys that are really dangerous.”
The right-hander is 9-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 18 career starts versus Milwaukee, with four of his 12 career complete games coming against the Brewers. He’s gone the distance the last two times he’s faced them, allowing five hits in a 6-1 victory Aug. 4.
Ryan Braun is 9 for 49 (.184) with 13 strikeouts lifetime off Wainwright, but he’s batting .423 during a six-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 in Milwaukee’s 6-1 loss to the Cardinals (18-11) on Friday.
Aramis Ramirez went 2 for 3 in his return after missing four weeks with a sprained left knee, but the Brewers (14-14) have dropped the first two of this four-game series and eight of the last 11 meetings with St. Louis.
Matt Holliday went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran also homered Friday for the Cardinals. Holliday has three home runs while Beltran is 6 for 15 lifetime off Gallardo, who is pitching well of late but hasn’t had any success against St. Louis recently.
Gallardo (3-1, 4.25) had a 6.61 ERA over his first three starts, including allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings while opposing Wainwright last month. He’s won his last three outings, though, posting a 2.29 ERA after giving up two runs – one earned – in seven innings of a 10-4 win over Pittsburgh on Monday. He also hit his second homer of the season.
“Glad he went the length that he did,” manager Ron Roenicke told the team’s official website. “He struggled with his command early, then he got the rhythm and started throwing strikes, and finished, I thought, outstanding.”
The right-hander has been anything but versus the Cardinals, though. Gallardo is 0-7 with a 9.56 ERA in his last eight starts – including a Game 3 loss in the 2011 NLCS – and 1-11 with a 6.86 ERA in 16 career outings against St. Louis.
“I know I haven’t had very many good ones against them, and it’s frustrating,” Gallardo said. “There always seems to be something.”
St. Louis found out Friday that closer Jason Motte won’t pitch this season and will have Tommy John surgery next week.