Before ex-Brewer Jason Bourgeois could even step into the batter’s box, Milwaukee hitters had already given Yovani Gallardo more than enough run support to defeat the JA Happless Astros 7-1. The suddenly very young Astros were no match for a division leading juggernaut like the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yovani was great allowing four hits and one run over eight innings.  He was sharp with his off-speed pitches and kept Houston hitters guessing all evening with six strikeouts and one walk.  The most encouraging part of Yovani’s start was the improved efficiency in which he was able to work his way through the Houston lineup.  While this new Houston lineup won’t be confused with Philadelphia, it was nice to get the win and keep the momentum going on the road.

Milwaukee’s offense was powered by a three hit performance from Ryan Braun.  However, each starter chipped in with a hit and it resulted in a well balanced offensive attack of eleven hits.  In fact, it was the seventh straight ten hit game for a red hot Milwaukee offense.

The PocketDoppler MVP of the game was Craig Counsell.  The hard luck veteran broke his 0 for 45 slump with a pinch hit single and hopefully this ends what had to be the longest 45 at bats of Counsell’s career.

The series resumes tomorrow at 6:05PM.  Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.39 ERA) squares off against Brett Meyers (3-11, 4.65 ERA) in what promises to be a beauty…


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