In his first start since July 4th, Yovani Gallado recorded 6-shutout innings of 5-hit baseball to help the Milwaukee Brewers (44-53) to a 3-2 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (34-61) Thursday night. Gallardo also recorded 5-strikeouts as he improved his record to 9-4 on the season.
Rookie John Axford earned his 13th save of the season by giving up nothing over the final 1 2/3 innings. Chris Capuano returned to his bullpen role after starting Monday to get out of a 7th inning jam. Axford happy the pen could help Yovani:
Offensively, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks each had homers to lead the way. Prince’s National League leading 24th was a solo-shot while Weeks slugged a 2-run bomb, his 19th.
The offensive output was very similar to Monday’s 3-1 win over the Pirates. Fielder had a solo home run with Weeks providing a 1-run shot. On base in both games for Weeks was Carlos Gomez.
The Brewers split the 4-game set with the Pirates. They finish an even 4-4 on their 8-game road trip to start the 2nd half of the season. Tonight, Bob Uecker returns to the radio booth as the Washington Nationals are in town. Chris Narveson (8-6) faces Washington’s Craig Stammen (2-4) for the 7:10 first pitch.