The Yovani Gallardo that took the hill Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh was the pitcher the Brewers hoped they were getting when he signed a new contract with them earlier this month.
Gallardo retired nine of the first 11 Pirate batters to make an out via the strikeout. His pitch count ballooned early in the first inning, with many pitches being fouled off or counting toward two early walks, but he got out of the frame recording all three outs on strikeouts.
The offense helped out too, by scoring eight runs on the Pirates for the second night in a row. Ryan Braun continued as the flotilla leader against the Pirates — from his last gasp grand slam late in the 2008 Wild Card race, to Kartstens’ crap in April 2009, which foreshadowed later shenanigans.
This, of course, included Braun’s infamous “We play them about 17 more times. Tell Mr. Selig, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.”
Jody Gerut has this to say in the MLB.com wrap on the game:
“We had some internal conversations about having fun again and regaining our identity … We celebrate, maybe, a little more than other teams, but that’s how we play the best. That’s just the way we have to play to be good.”
If there Brewers issue another beatdown on Thursday afternoon on the banks of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela, and celebrate in ribald fashion, we could have the Bucs in Milwaukee early next week a’fixin’ for a’feudin’.