Entering Friday, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo had great success in his career against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately, it was a differed outcome as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 8-3.
Gallardo made it through five innings, but gave up a season high 6 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and three walks. Brewers defense made three errors behind their starter, the most in any game so far this season.
Pirates leadoff hitter Josh Harrison gave Brewer pitching troubles all night. Harrison finished with three hits and five runs batted in.
It was a slow night offensively for Milwaukee as Pirates starter Jeff Locke kept the Brewers bats silent. Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run in the first inning, but would not score until the 8th inning when Rickie Weeks singled home a run. No hitter had more that two hits in the losing effort.
With the loss, the Brewers did not lose any ground on the NL-Central. The Cardinals also lost and the Pirates are now 5-games behind the Brewers.
Game two of three game series is Saturday with a 6:10 first pitch. Edinson Volquez will start for Pittsburgh against Brewers best pitcher in the month of July and August Wily Peralta.