PNC Park | 7:05 | Bullington vs. Yovani Gallardo | Box
Not much good news tonight. Bryan Bullington’s line doesn’t look horrible, but the AP recap notes a couple of times (see link below) that the Brewers were hitting line drives off him, but many of those ropes were “at ’em” balls. Salomon Torres came off the DL and gave up a couple of hits.
Yovani Gallardo applied the handcuffs to the offense. Prince Fielder and Corey Hart homered. Ryan Braun drove in three runs. Braun has driven in 82 runs and he wasn’t even recalled from the minors until May 25. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 82 RBI in 96 games. And he won’t be 24 until just before Thanksgiving. Have I mentioned that he scares me? I don’t really want him in the same division as the Pirates. Think we can engineer the Brewers and Royals switching leagues with the Royals jumping to the NL Central?
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports
The Brewers are hoping Yovani Gallardo can continue his recent stretch of solid pitching. Gallardo gave up 18 runs in 8-1/3 IP over two starts in early August. Since then he is 3-1 and has dropped his ERA by over half a run to 4.24. He beat the Pirates on August 31 by tossing seven innings of two run ball. The Pirates beat him earlier in the season in Pittsburgh in a relief appearance (note that the AP preview states it was a start – it wasn’t). Those are his only two career appearances against Pittsburgh and his career ERA is 4.66.
In limited exposure, Adam LaRoche is 3-4 with a homer. Jack Wilson has two hits, as does Xavier Nady, who likely won’t play.
Bryan Bullington looks to make a name for himself in the pennant race. His first career start was a loss to the Cardinals. He gave up five earned runs in three innings pitched.
Monday Night Thoughts
Was there Monday Night Football in Cincinnati last night? On my drive home I heard GNR’s “Welcome to the Jungle” on three different radio stations.