Yovani Gallardo has been on this stage before, three years ago in the 2008 NLDS. He was fresh off the disabled list and the rotation was in an array of issues so he was charged with the job of beating the Philadelphia Phillies on the road. It did not go well. Gallardo said in response to his 2008 start,
There was a lot going on, I was excited and I was really nervous.
Fast forward to this season. Again the Brewers sent him out to the mound to pitch game 1 of the 2011 NLDS, in front of a raucous crowd at Miller Park. It went much better this time. With white rally towels waving and the crowd being in a crazed state the entire game Yovani Gallardo went out on the mound and pitched the game of his life remaining cool and collected,allowing just a run in eight innings, and having the Diamondbacks off balance all game. This is the Gallardo the Brewers were looking for, and he has shown flashes of that guy throughout his career but when the game was on the line or in high pressure situations Yovani had a hard time. Not so much this time.
And that scintillating win added just another chapter to this 25 year old man who has a career of achievements. And the way he did it today is just another example that Gallardo is growing into a great leader for the Brewers incredible pitching rotation. And this performance will not be forgotten by many of his teammates.
Ryan Braun commented by saying
I would put him up against any of the top aces in the game. It is not a fun day for the offense when he is pitching well.
When asked about Gallardo, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said
"He was just painting the corners, he was right on the the edge of the strike zone. He had our number today"
Their were plenty of people that were amazed by Gallardo. But it is not yet time to celebrate the Brewers st\ill have some work to do. But Gallardo certainly did a great job of setting the table for the rest of the postseason.
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