Gallardo's struggles continue against Twins

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By Tom Haudricourt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MILWAUKEE--Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo has not been in a free-fall by any means.

It has been more of a long, gradual slide.

Gallardo lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions Tuesday night as the Minnesota Twins took a 6-4 interleague victory at Miller Park. The teams split the two games here and will go to Minneapolis for two more games to complete the regional rivalry for this season.

Five of the six runs off Gallardo came on a pair of homers by the Twins, who ranked 13th in the American League in slugging (.371). The loss dropped Gallardo to 3-4 with a 4.08 earned run average.

Through his first six starts this season, Gallardo was 2-0 with a 1.91 ERA. In six starts since, he is 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA.

“Since the first inning, I was battling with my mechanics,” Gallardo said. “The more frustrating thing is it was the total opposite from the bullpen. I warmed up before the game, everything was there, and then I go out there and get out of it.”

The Brewers jumped out quickly to a 1-0 lead off Twins starter Samuel Deduno. Jean Segura led off with a single up the middle, raced to third on Scooter Gennett’s single to right and scored when Ryan Braun grounded into a force at second.

The Twins drew even in the second inning with a bit of help from the Brewers. After Trevor Plouffe singled with one down, he moved to second on a wild pitch by Gallardo and advanced to third when second baseman Gennett couldn’t handle a wide pickoff throw by catcher Martin Maldonado that otherwise would have caught the runner.

Josmil Pinto then lined a single to left, scoring Plouffe with the tying run.

With one down in the Twins third, singles by Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer put runners on the corners. Gallardo then hung a first-pitch slider to Josh Willingham, who smacked it into the Brewers’ bullpen for a three-run homer that put Minnesota up, 4-1.

The Brewers peeled a run off that lead in the fourth but lost a chance to do more damage. After Maldonado singled with the bases loaded and one down to drive in a run, Gallardo swung away at a 2-0 pitch from Samuel Deduno and grounded into a double play.

After Danny Santana bunted for a hit to open the fifth, Dozier jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Gallardo and drove it out to left for a two-run homer. Gallardo was gone after that inning, having allowed eight hits and six runs.

The Brewers cut the deficit to 6-3 in the eighth on a two-out, run-scoring single by Lyle Overbay. They trimmed another run off the lead in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Braun before Twins closer Glen Perkins struck out Carlos Gomez — the potential tying run — to end the game.

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