Brewers 4, Athletics 3
Yovani Gallardo has his eye on March 31 and the second opening
day start of his career.
Gallardo kept building toward that honor Friday, giving up one
run in 3 2-3 innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the
split-squad Oakland Athletics 4-3.
”It felt good out there,” Gallardo said. ”I was falling
behind some of the hitters in the first inning, but felt better
after that and my fastball was coming out of my hand the way it did
in my last start.
Shaun Marcum will pitch the Brewers’ second game at Cincinnati
on April 2. He was supposed to start Thursday, but was pushed back
to Saturday against Arizona to get on the proper schedule.
Milwaukee tied it at 1 in the fifth on Erick Almonte’s triple,
and took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a single by Mike Rivera and a
The Athletics tied it at 3 with two runs in the top of the
eighth. Josh Whitaker hit a run-scoring double for the first run
and Matt Carson’s single tied the game at 3.
In the bottom of the eighth, Boggs’ third hit of the game scored
Chris Dickerson, who led off the inning with a pinch-hit
Oakland starter Tyson Ross pitched three scoreless innings,
allowing four hits while walking two and striking out one.
Notes: Brewers reliever Takashi Saito left the club temporarily
on Friday. He located his wife and two daughters in Japan following
the earthquake there and they were OK, but had trouble reaching his
parents. They were located later in the day. … Milwaukee 2B
Rickie Weeks was removed from the game early for the second
straight day due to tightness in his groin. Manager Ron Roenicke
said it is nothing serious but is being done as a precaution. Weeks
played against his younger brother, Jemile, a non-roster infielder