Game 95: Gallardo Holds Down Bucs (Recently) Potent Offense

You can’t score 10 runs every game. It was nice while it lasted. Yovani Gallardo tossed six shutout innings and Ross Ohlendorf was done in by the long ball.

Rickie Weeks tripled leading off the first but was stranded by the balance of the Milwaukee lineup. Craig Counsell reached third with two out in the second, but was unable to score. But Prince Fielder hit a solo homer leading off the fourth inning. Ohlendorf was done after six and Milwaukee added two more in the seventh when Weeks took Evan Meek over the fence after a Carlos Gomez (pinch hitting for Gallardo) knock.

The Milwaukee bullpen almost blew it for Gallardo. Todd Coffey relieved and got two quick outs. He then walked Jose Tabata. Delwyn Young followed with a singled. Neil Walker doubled them both in. Coffey was done and in came Chris Capuano. Garrett Jones grounded out to end the threat. The Pirates were retired in order in the 8th and in the 9th.

Ohlendorf allowed one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out six. Gallardo gave up just five singles and one walk. John Axford got the final five outs for the save.

The Good
Walker and Jones each had two hits.

Ohlendorf pitched well but pitched into more bad luck.

The Bad
The offense is back where we are used to it being – struggling.

The Rest
Lastings Milledge’s nine game hitting streak was snapped.

Gallardo is 6-2 against Pittsburgh in his career. Ohlendorf fell to 2-2 in four career starts against the Beer Men.

Weeks hit his 13th career home against the Pirates – the most he has against any team.

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