Braves 6, Brewers 2
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke saw signs of improvement in
Yovani Gallardo’s start against the Atlanta Braves.
A frustrated Gallardo is looking for signs of improvement he can
see in a boxscore.
Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead
and the Braves finally solved Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee
Brewers 6-2 on Monday night.
Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts
against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April
5 in Milwaukee.
On Monday night, he allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus
innings. The right-hander matched his season high with four walks
while striking out seven.
”I felt fine going into the sixth inning,” Gallardo said.
”Just lost command of the zone. Just one of those things. I have
to figure it out soon. It’s obvious I haven’t been pitching well. I
just have to figure it out.”
The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five
straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.
”I thought he looked better this time than he did his last
outing,” Roenicke said. ”Still isn’t like we saw in the first
couple games, but we thought it was better. Rhythm was better.
”The walks hurt him but I didn’t think they hit the ball that
hard. This guy is used to being in every ball game that he pitches.
He’s used to keeping that run total down. I’m sure he’s getting a
little frustrated with it but I think there is improvement
David Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves
knocked Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez
cleared the bases with his double before scoring on a single by
The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total
allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the
”I definitely felt better,” Gallardo said. ”That shows you
how things are going for me right now. I felt fine those first five
innings, just left that one pitch up to Ross. He hit if out of the
Jair Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks
in 7 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts.
The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky
Betancourt’s two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters
before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez
in the eighth.
The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Chipper Jones, Dan
Uggla and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from
Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to
third on Jones’ double and scored on a head-first slide on
Freeman’s broken-bat fly ball to center field.
Ross, Atlanta’s backup catcher, hit his third homer in his 19th
at-bat. Ross plays behind All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers
in 97 at-bats.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross
with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five
Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.
Notes: Manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers expect to activate
OF Nyjer Morgan (right quadriceps contusion) from the 15-day
disabled list on Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (fractured left rib) is
scheduled to be activated to start against the Braves on Wednesday.
… Jurrjens threw 101 pitches, including 73 strikes. …
Attendance was 14,126. … Corey Hart, running toward the foul
line, made a diving catch to take a hit away from Ross in the