Yovani Gallardo was not on his game today.
- The Brewers collected a bunch of hits. Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez, Mat Gamel, and Jonathan Lucroy each had 2 hits.
- George Kottaras came off the bench to hit a worthless pinch hit home run. But it was the Brewers’ first HR of the season.
- Marco Estrada pitched a solid 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.
- The defense played well. Gomez booted a ball around in CF, but other than that it was solid. Ryan Bruan had a nice assist, throwing Rafael Furcal out at 2nd when he tried to stretch a single into a double.
- Yovani Gallardo’s location of his breaking balls.
- Yovani Gallardo’s location of his fastball.
- Yovani Gallardo’s ability to not throw meat right over the middle of the plate, belt high.
- Both Manny Parra and Tim Dillard looked good in small stretches before getting knocked around.
- The Brewers were only 1-9 w/RISP. The Cards were 5-16, not great, but when you come up to bat 16 times with runners in scoring position you are bound to score some runs.
Not the home opener that we all were hoping for, but this is the first of many. Gallardo obviously didn’t have it today, right from the first pitch. I though there were a number of pitches in the first that looked pretty good that weren’t being called strikes. He was visibly frustrated, even though he got out of the first unscathed. Then he started throwing meatballs, and you couldn’t blame the ump for those. He threw a ton of “mistakes” up there and the Cards made him pay.
Tomorrow Zack Greinke takes the mound against Adam Wainwright. I expect the same lineup except Nyjer Morgan taking Carlos Gomez’ spot. Gomez played well today, except for the little bobble in the outfield.