Brewers offense backs Gallardo’s great start

10:04p It wasn’t until this year that I realized how much Yovani Gallardo had dominated the Astros over his career. Tonight, he reminded me once again that he absolutely demolishes them.

Brewers-Astros Wrap-Up

The Brewers pretty much blew out the Astros today, 8-1, and got their road trip started on a good note. Gallardo, as I mentioned earlier, had a stellar performance to notch his 13th win of the season, and the Brewers offense helped him out a bit.

In the first inning, the Brewers, like so many other teams, took advantage of the awful season that J.A. Happ is having. Ryan Braun hit an RBI double off him in the first, followed by a Casey McGehee two-run single.

Gallardo, who breezed through the first inning, ran into trouble in the second. Humberto Quintero hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, but Gallardo got out of it after that. That would be the only run he allowed all night.

But the Brewers, unlike the Astros, actually scored a few more runs. In the third inning, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy both had RBI singles, and Felipe Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to give the Brewers a 6-1 lead.

Then, in the sixth inning, Corey Hart hit yet another mammoth home run for his 16th blast of the year. The Brewers tacked on one more in the ninth when Astros reliever Enerio Del Rosario, who had absolutely no control and was painful to watch, walked Lucroy with the bases loaded to give the Brewers an 8-1 lead, which would end being the final score.

Counsell breaks out of his slump!

We’ve all been waiting for a long time to hear this. Craig Counsell, who had an 0-for-45 slump going into today, was called upon to pinch-hit for Betancourt in the ninth. I, and probably all other Brewers fans, was watching his at-bat nervously. Why? If he recorded one more at-bat in which he was retired, he would have tied the Major League record for the longest slump in history, which is 0-for-46. But Counsell did all Brewers fans a favor and got his first hit in about two months. So he didn’t break or tie the MLB record, but, unfortunately, he currently holds the longest slump in Brewers history. He passed Doug Davis, who previously held it at 0-for-42.

Dillard was actually used in a game?

Yes. For the first time since June 18th, Ron Roenicke decided to bring in his long-neglected reliever, Tim Dillard. The Brewers have had a few blowouts since the 18th, so I have no idea why Roenicke waited so long to bring Dillard into a game. But, Dillard showed no signs of rust and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to give Gallardo his 13th win of the season. By the way, I didn’t mention this earlier, but Gallardo went eight innings while giving up one run on four hits. He struck out six and walked one. His Astros counterpart, Happ, continued his disappointing season. He went just four innings while giving up six runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Up next for the Crew…

The Brewers play the second game of this three-game series in Houston tomorrow night. The Brewers will send Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.39 ERA) to the mound. He faced the Astros in his last start and went 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, but had to settle for a no-decision. Narvy is 0-2 with a 4.01 ERA against the Astros in his career.

The Astros will counter with Brett Myers (3-11, 4.65 ERA), who also faced the Brewers his last time out, but took a no-decision as well. Myers is 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA against the Crew in his career.

Elsewhere around the division…

  • The Cardinals beat the Marlins, 3-2, even though the Marlins had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Not even Mike Stanton could come through… Anyway, the Cards remain three games back. But I wonder what Tony La Russa had to complain about tonight?
  • The Cubs defeated the Reds, 4-3. They are 15 games and 8.t games back, respectively. Also, the Cubs are choosing the right time to go on a winning streak, as they’re helping the Brewers by keeping the Reds back in the standings.
  • The Pirates were murdered by the worst offense in the National League (that’s the Padres, if you don’t know). They fall to eight games back, and are on an eight game losing streak. It’s amazing how quickly things fell apart for them.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 11 0
Houston Astros 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Corey Hart, RF 4 2 1 1 1 1 3 .277
Jerry Hairston, CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 .265
Ryan Braun, LF 4 2 3 1 1 0 0 .329
Prince Fielder, 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 .294
Casey McGehee, 3B-1B 4 2 1 2 1 1 2 .240
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .257
a-Craig Counsell, PH-SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .153
Felipe Lopez, 2B 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 .227
Jonathan Lucroy, C 3 0 1 2 2 0 3 .284
Yovani Gallardo, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .235
b-Mark Kotsay, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .242
Total 36 8 11 8 6 4 19

a-Singled for Betancourt in the 9th.

b-Grounded out for Gallardo in the 9th.

BATTING

2B: Braun (28), Fielder (26).

HR: Hart (16).

RBI: Braun (74), McGehee 2 (50), Betancourt (44), Lopez (9), Lucroy 2 (46), Hart (39).

Team RISP: 4-for-12.

Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING

SB: Braun (20), Betancourt (4).

Milwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yovani Gallardo (W, 13-7) 8.0 4 1 1 1 6 0 3.56
Tim Dillard 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.58

Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 105-74, Dillard 9-6.

Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 7-10, Dillard 0-1.

Batters faced: Gallardo 29, Dillard 3.

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