Sun. Final: Brewers 5, Reds 2
By Todd Welter
Next game: Monday, June 1st vs Florida
Yovani Gallardo's day was a grind and it did not help that the Reds were complaining about what he was wearing. With Mike Cameron going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI, Gallardo still walked out a winner as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep with a 5-2 victory at Miller Park.
Gallardo allowed just two runs on seven hits although he had a short day of work as he pitched just five and one-third innings. During his time on the mound he struck out nine, walked two and gave up a solo home run in the fifth to Brandon Phillips.
"I had to fight myself out there on the mound," Gallardo felt. "Just wasn't consistent."
Gallardo (5-3) had six K's through the first two innings. That is when Reds manager Dusty Baker demanded Gallardo put on a long sleeve shirt under his uniform due to Gallardo wearing a white bandage on his elbow. Apparently it was distracting the hitters or maybe Baker was frustrated that the Reds had bases loaded in the second and came away with nothing.
The little protest did at least slow down Yovani as he yielded a third inning run and it could have been more as Gallardo gave up two more hits that inning. Just like the second inning, Gallardo struck out two straight batters to end that threat.
Gallardo got into some trouble in the sixth as he allowed a couple one-out hits. That is when Macha decided to pull Gallardo. The main reason was because Gallardo threw over a 120 pitches in his last outing on May 25th.
"Very crisp in the early going," Macha said. "Last time out, his pitch count was in the 120's. I wasn't going to let him go [beyond] a 100 pitches. The feeling was he had enough."
Mitch Stetter came in and ended the threat by getting the final two outs. He was part of a bullpen effort that kept the Reds (26-23) scoreless over the final three and two-thirds innings.
Trevor Hoffman picked up his 13th save of the year by striking out three in the ninth although he did issue a walk. Hoffman has been game over in the ninth as he has gone a perfect 13-for-13 in save chances while tossing 15 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season.
Micah Owings (3-6) took the loss as he gave up all five Brewers runs through six and two-thirds innings. He gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out five.
The Brewers (30-20) struck the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first. Cameron drove in a run with a single and then Matt Gamel broke an 0-for-16 slump with a RBI single of his own. The youngster had a pretty solid day as he went 2-for-3.
"We got on the board early so that made it much easier to really focus on the victory instead of trying to figure out how to score some runs," Cameron explained.
The Brewers got another run in the second when J.J. Hardy drove in Jason Kendall with a RBI sacrifice fly. Then Cameron put the finishing touches on the sweep with a two-run blast to left in the third.
"It was a nice rebound after losing I believe five out of six with the Twins series and the two games to the Cardinals," Macha said.