Yovani Gallardo was the hero in two straight games for the Milwaukee Brewers, leading the way to a series win against the Baltimore Orioles in Miller Park.
Gallardo’s pinch-hit walk-off double gave the Brewers the win in extras on Tuesday, and he took the mound Wednesday and stifled the Oriole offense through 6 and 2/3 innings.
The Brewer ace was charged with three earned runs, with the third charged after Brandon Kintzler failed to strand a runner after Gallardo’s departure. The other two runs were solo home runs by Nelson Cruz. Yo’s final tally was three runs on four hits, five walks, and five strikeouts.
The Brewers gave Gallardo run support early with a Carlos Gomez RBI single off Orioles starter and former Houston Astro Bud Norris. Ryan Braun added two more in the second with a two-out, two-strike double down the right field line, and Scooter Gennett had a sacrifice fly in the third that scored Gomez.
Norris settled down after the first few innings, finishing with four earned runs off five hits through six innings. He walked three and struck out just one Brewer.
The Orioles threatened in the seventh. Kintzler put two runners on base for Baltimore’s Chris Davis, and Ron Roenicke brought in Will Smith, who promptly struck out Davis with an off speed pitch in the dirt. The proceeding throw from Jonathan Lucroy to first ended the threat, though the lobbed throw made for a tense couple of seconds.
Smith came back out on the eighth and used his absolutely dirty curveball to strike out the side and set things up for the ninth. The Brewers added some insurance runs in the bottom of the frame to increase their lead from 4-3 to 8-3. Rickie Weeks scored Gomez on a pinch-hit RBI single, and Khris Davis nailed a three run shot to left. Zach Duke finished things up in the ninth, and the Milwaukee Brewers came away with the 8-3 win.
The Brewers have Thursday off and then host the Chicago Cubs on Friday.