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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-10

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-10
Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo became the first pitcher ever to hit a home run off Randy Johnson with a three-run blast in the fifth inning Wednesday night that propelled his team to a 4-2 victory over the Giants.

In 448 previous at-bats by pitchers against Johnson and 506 plate appearances, no pitcher ever had gone deep against him.

Here's another interesting tidbit: Johnson's only home run in the majors came off Milwaukee lefty Doug Davis on Sept. 13, 2003, in Miller Park.

Before Wednesday, Gallardo had two major league home runs. One was against Doug Davis, then pitching for Arizona, on Aug. 20, 2007. Kind of a weird circle.

Gallardo said the victory meant more to him than the homer because he started last season on the disabled list with one injury, then suffered another that cost him most of the year. Still, the blast was sweet.

"Growing up watching him pitch, he's a great pitcher," Gallardo said of Johnson. "Not many people get the opportunity to do that. Going around the bases, I was very excited."

Said Johnson: "He's arguably their best pitcher and he's got a great future ahead of him. I wanted that pitch higher. You just tip your hat to him."

GIANTS 7, BREWERS 1: The Brewers were no match for Giants RHP Matt Cain as they dropped the rubber match of their season-opening series Thursday in San Francisco. Cain went seven innings, allowing only four hits and one run. Brewers LHP Manny Parra, on the other hand, was roughed up for six hits and five runs over 4 1/3 innings in an erratic outing. Parra retired nine of the first 11 hitters he faced before falling apart. The first five hitters in the Giants' lineup combined for 10 hits, with cleanup hitter Bengie Molina driving in four runs.

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Added: April 10, 2009

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