Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 0

Back with his Milwaukee teammates sooner than he had hoped,

Yovani Gallardo looked like an ace in his first outing for the

Brewers since pitching for Mexico at the World Baseball

Classic.

Gallardo shook off a leadoff home run by Arizona’s Gerardo Parra

in the bottom of the first inning and retired the next 12 batters

he faced, striking out five in four innings of Milwaukee’s 7-0 loss

to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

”It’s always a good feeling just to be back with the guys,”

Gallardo said. ”We’re with these guys six or eight months out of

the year, and we’re just getting back into things, preparing for

the season and getting into that routine.”

Now the Brewers have to get their opening day starter back into

a schedule so he can be ready for next month. Gallardo isn’t

worried about it, nor was he too concerned about the home run Parra

hit on a 3-2 pitch.

”He’s a good hitter for sure,” Gallardo said. ”He worked the

count and fouled off that 3-2 slider that I threw him and tried to

go down and away, and as good hitters do, they take advantage of

that fastball that was up. Left it up and the zone and he put a

good swing on it.”

Gallardo shook it off right way and retired the side.

”If you let a home run ruin your day, especially the first

hitter, it’s going to be a long day,” he said before adding he is

not having any issues with a slight groin strain from earlier this

month.

Parra, who added a two-run double in Arizona’s four-run sixth

inning, was playing in his first game along with teammates Martin

Prado and Miguel Montero since the three rejoined the team Tuesday

after Venezuela was eliminated from the WBC.

”I know Parra didn’t have a hit in the WBC. Miggy (Montero) was

yelling at him after he hit the home run, `About time! What were

you doing in the WBC!”’ Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

”But it’s good to have those guys back. They’re three very

important guys.”

Arizona starter Randall Delgado had his best outing of spring

training so far, going four innings and allowing just three hits

with four strikeouts. He’s trying to get in the mix for a spot in

the starting rotation.

”He had good velocity. All his pitches were working,” Gibson

said. ”Kind of the guy we were hoping we’d get.”

The 23-year-old right-hander was acquired as part of the trade

that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta in the offseason.

Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz threw a scoreless fifth inning and

struck out two. Brewers closer John Axford, back from his time with

Canada at the WBC, also pitched a scoreless inning with a

strikeout.

NOTES: Following an off day for the team on Thursday, LHP Chris

Narveson is expected to start for Milwaukee against Cleveland on

Friday. RHP Mike Fiers gets the call on Saturday against

Cincinnati. … The Diamondbacks also get a day off on Thursday,

then send RHP Brandon McCarthy to the mound against the Oakland

Athletics on Friday. … Gibson said starting pitcher Wade Miley

threw on the side on Wednesday, and is on schedule to pitch again

on Monday. He could appear in a minor-league game on that day after

being scratched from his last start due to a tired arm.