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LOSS OF CONTROL


LOSS OF CONTROL
One minute Yovani Gallardo was cruising along to his second victory of the season. The next, he was lost in the fog.

Gallardo, the emerging ace of the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff, went to the mound in the third inning Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 lead and an air of confidence.

He left the mound 40 pitches later trailing 7-5 after surrendering three walks, a single, a hit batter and a grand slam.

Despite numerous scoring opportunities, the Brewers could not overcome that barrage as they suffered their third consecutive loss 7-6 before a crowd of 25,016 at Miller Park.

"My location wasn't where it normally is," Gallardo said. "I wasn't able to make pitches when I needed to. It's real frustrating. I blew a four-run lead, so I was pretty upset about that.

"I was able to get two outs but then things got away from me real quick. I left one pitch up in the zone and the next things you know they've got six runs. It just happened so quick."

While the Reds' offense came quickly, thanks largely to Edwin Encarnacion's third career grand slam, the Brewers' repeatedly came up short down the stretch.

Milwaukee grabbed a 5-1 lead on the strength of Corey Hart's three-run homer in the second inning.

But the only other run the Brewers could manage came on a leadoff homer by J.J. Hardy in the fifth inning. The Brewers finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

The Brewers left the bases loaded twice. They loaded them with nobody out in the fourth inning on singles by Jason Kendall and Gallardo and a hit by pitch by Rickie Weeks, who took a fastball from Edinson Volquez on the chin.

Hart lined out to shortstop. Ryan Braun then hit into a force out at home and Prince Fielder grounded out to end the inning.

Hart triggered a two-out rally in the eighth with a triple over center fielder Willy Taveras. After walks to Braun and Fielder, Hardy lined to deep right-center.

"Looking at the positives, we swung the bat very well," manager Ken Macha said. "We had the bases loaded and Corey absolutely hit two ropes - one down the line just foul and the other to the shortstop. Then J.J. came up with the bases loaded and hit a line drive out to right-center.

That's the game. There's holes out there and we have to start finding them with men on base."

The Brewers' last threat came in the ninth off former Brewer closer Francisco Cordero. Chris Duffy drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by Taveras. But Craig Counsell grounded to first, giving Cordero his second save.

Milwaukee's pitchers also have to start finding the strike zone.

In their last two games, starters Jeff Suppan and Gallardo have allowed 10 walks in 8 2 3 innings.

Macha is clearly frustrated by a pitching staff that leads the National League in walks and hit batters.

"That's got to stop," he said. "Giving those bases away all the time, you can't afford to do that."

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Taveras cf 4 1 0 0 1 0 .267 Dickerson lf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .300 Votto 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .391 Phillips 2b 3 1 0 0 1 0 .294 Bruce rf 3 2 1 2 0 2 .217 Encarnacion 3b 3 1 1 4 1 1 .250 R.Hernandez c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .105 Ale.Gonzalez ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Volquez p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Burton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - b-D.McDonald ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Rhodes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Weathers p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - c-Nix ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .200 Cordero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals 32 7 6 7 5 8 Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Weeks 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .276 Hart rf 4 1 2 3 1 0 .308 Braun lf 2 0 0 0 3 0 .192 Fielder 1b 4 0 0 1 1 1 .208 Hardy ss 5 1 1 1 0 0 .107 Cameron cf 5 1 2 0 0 1 .300 Hall 3b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .294 Coffey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Stetter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - d-Duffy ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Kendall c 4 1 2 1 1 0 .105 Gallardo p 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500 a-B.Nelson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 DiFelice p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Counsell 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .429 Totals 36 6 10 6 8 5 Cincinnati 016 000 000-7 6 1 Milwaukee 140 010 000-6 10 0 a-grounded out for Gallardo in the 5th. b-struck out for Burton in the 7th. c-doubled for Weathers in the 9th. d-walked for Stetter in the 9th.

E - Taveras 2 (2).

LOB - Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 12.

2B - Dickerson (1), Nix (1).

3B - Hart (1).

HR - Bruce (1), off Gallardo; Encarnacion (1), off Gallardo; Hart (3), off Volquez; Hardy (1), off Volquez.

RBIs - Votto (8), Bruce 2 (5), Encarnacion 4 (4), Hart 3 (5), Fielder (5), Hardy (5), Kendall (2).

SB - Braun (2).

GIDP - R.Hernandez, Kendall.

Runners left in scoring position - Cincinnati 2 (Phillips, Dickerson); Milwaukee 7 (Fielder 3, Kendall, Hardy 2, Counsell).

DP - Cincinnati 1 (Ale.Gonzalez, Phillips, Votto); Milwaukee 1 (Hall, Weeks, Fielder).

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO ERA Volquez W, 1-1 5 7 6 6 4 4 9.64 Burton H, 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.70 Rhodes H, 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 Weathers H, 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0.00 Cordero S, 2-2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA Gallardo L, 1-1 5 3 7 7 4 3 6.94 DiFelice 2 2 0 0 1 3 1.80 Coffey 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 Stetter .1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 Inherited runners-scored - Stetter 1-0.

IBB - off DiFelice (Votto).

HBP - by Volquez (Weeks), by Gallardo (Bruce).

Balk - Volquez.

T - 3:28.

Att. - 25,016.

VITALS

Key: Milwaukee twice comes up empty with the bases loaded.

Next: 7:05 p.m. today, vs. Cincinnati, Miller Park, FS Wisconsin.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 15, 2009

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