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
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
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
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
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.