Yovani Gallardo was asked to fill the spikes of injured ace Zack Greinke, and so far he has done that job well.
He was solid in the opener, and in his second start, he helped the Brewers finally notch their first “W” of the season.
The offense scuffled once again, but Gallardo rode to the rescue by allowing only two hits in an 111-pitch complete game. He also scored the game’s only run, which gave the Brewers a 1-0 victory.
Gallardo singled with one out in the third, and Ryan Braun singled him home.
Gallarado’s performance came at the right time for the struggling Brew Crew, but it doesn’t absolve them of all their woes. Far from it. The bullpen won’t be idle all the time–it’s obviously unrealistic to expect the starters to pitch complete games each time out.
And the offense still needs to wake up. Rickie Weeks can’t do it alone. The big RBI from Braun helps, but scoring one run each time out won’t cut it. And this offense is expected to score a lot more.
The good news is that 1-4 looks better than 0-5, and getting the first win, no matter how ugly or how dependent on one player’s performance, should give the Brewers a huge boost of confidence.
The Brewers aren’t out of the woods. But they’ve taken the first step towards the clearing.