Game #134 at Milwaukee

Miller Park | 8:05 | Armas vs. Yovani Gallardo | Box
When I wrote in the pre-game thoughts that Yovani Gallardo will see better days, I didn’t mean I wanted him to start today. Gallardo cracked a dinger and allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. He whiffed seven.
The Bucs collected just six hits and Adam LaRoche had three of those, including a dinger. Gallardo hadn’t allowed a knock until LaRoche’s homer with two away in the fourth.
A night like this almost makes me feed bad for Tony Armas. The Beermakers scored a single run off him in three different innings over six. Gabe Gross had a pair of doubles and scored twice. Corey Hart had a pair of hits and the other two RBI.

Pre-game Thoughts
Yovani Gallardo will see better days. He’s only 21 and has been hit pretty hard this past month. After posting a 2.55 ERA in his first ten games (including seven starts), Gallardo’s ERA has ballooned to nearly 5.00 thanks to his last four starts in which his ERA is over 11.00. That’s largely due to an atrocious start in Denver in which he gave up 11 runs and retired 8 hitters.
The Pirates saddled him with a loss when he relieved on July 3 and gave up three earned runs in 2-2/3 IP. Among the four hits the (current) Pirates collected off him, three were XBH. He’s 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA.
If Tony Armas has better days ahead, then I’ll be surprised. He hasn’t been particularly effective in the overwhelming majority of his starts this year. His ERA is two runs lower than it was two months ago, but it is still nearly 7.00. His ERA on the road is 8.52. He gave up three runs in 5 IP in his only start against the Beermen in 2007, which was in Milwaukee. In his only other career appearance in Miller, Armas threw six innings of two hit ball.
Of all the Brewers, only catcher Johnny Estrada has more than two hits. And he’s also the only one to face Armas more than 10 times. Prince Fielder has a pair of homers.
With the roster expansion date looming, I’m assuming that unless Armas throws a no hitter, this will be his last start as a Pirate.
Bucs in Miller:
Jose Bautista – 7-33 (2 homers)
Jason Bay – 30-98 (5 homers)
Jose Castillo – 18-55
Cesar Izturis – 21-75
Adam LaRoche – 12-45
Nate McLouth – 4-23
Xavier Nady – 14-52 (4 homers)
Ronny Paulino – 7-28
Josh Phelps – no ABs
Freddy Sanchez – 20-75
Jack Wilson – 51-183

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