The Stat Line Of The Night — 4/5/11 — Yovani Gallardo
With a batting order that includes the likes of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks, the Brewers entered the 2011 season with high expectations, but have failed to live up to them through their first four games. Heading into yesterday’s meeting with the Atlanta Braves, they were looking to bounce back and earn their first win of the season, and they would do just that; however, it would be the pitching, not the hitting, that would get the job done on this night.
After giving up only two runs in six innings and earning a no-decision during a loss against the Reds on opening day, Yovani Gallardo knew he would have to come up with an impressive performance if his team was going to finally get in the win column. He was up to the task, pitching nine scoreless innings of two-hit ball, while striking out two and walking two. And if that wasn’t enough, he also scored the only run for the Brewers on the night, leading them to their first win of the season – a 1-0 victory over the Braves.
After finishing last season with a 14-7 record and a 3.84 ERA, Gallardo has been anointed as the ace of what appears to be a strong and deep starting rotation for the Brewers. He couldn’t quite get the job done on opening day, but the win against the Braves does give him a 1-0 record, a 1.20 ERA, and “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, April 5, 2011.