Gallardo’s two-hitter gives Brewers first win

first_imgMILWAUKEE – Yovani Gallardo needed little help to give new Brewers manager Ron Roenicke his first win.The 25-year-old right-hander threw a two-hitter and scored the only run as the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night to snap Milwaukee’s four-game losing streak to begin the season.“I’m amazed,” Roenicke said. “Knowing when to throw offspeed pitches, knowing when to elevate in the zone, he’s got a great feel for it, a great athlete. He’s going to help himself win other ball games with the bat and with his fielding.“He’s a special guy.”Gallardo (1-0) walked two and struck out two for the third shutout of his career. Two of the base runners were erased by double plays and no Braves runner reached second.“We have a great team here. We have a great ball team, it was just a matter of turning things around,” Gallardo said. “We’re all very excited we did it here very soon and hopefully there’s a lot more wins to come.”It was the best start by a Brewers starter since CC Sabathia threw a one-hitter in Pittsburgh on Aug. 31, 2008. Juan Nieves has the only no-hitter in franchise history in 1987.Braves starter Derek Lowe (1-1) also had a strong performance, allowing a run-scoring single to Ryan Braun in six innings of work.“He gets all the credit,” Lowe said of Gallardo. “He gets a hit, he scores a run, throws a shutout. That’s a pretty good day.”Roenicke is the last of a dozen new major league skippers to pick up his first win this season.“It was difficult,” said Roenicke, who got showered with beer by his players while Gallardo was back in the training room. “You sit back and you watch things happen when you don’t add on the runs that you think you’re going to add on and sometimes you wonder what the outcome’s going to be.”Gallardo, who signed a long-term contract extension last season to be Milwaukee’s ace, had two shutouts last season.This one was important for a team that’s chocked full of optimism, but stumbled out of the gate, getting swept by NL Central rival Cincinnati and losing the first game of this series.Milwaukee’s offense continues to sputter with just 13 runs in the first five games and ran itself into two outs at the plate in the eighth when Gallardo could’ve used an insurance run.First, reliever Eric O’Flaherty forced Prince Fielder into a grounder, and second baseman Dan Uggla threw out Nyjer Morgan by a step. Then, left fielder Martin Prado fired a strike to catcher Brian McCann to get Braun trying to score from second after Casey McGehee’s soft liner to left off reliever Scott Linebrink.The crowd of 24,117 booed after Carlos Gomez popped out foul to end the inning. In between, Gallardo sat focused in the dugout while Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz debated whether to send him out for the ninth after throwing 98 pitches through eight.“Honestly, I was going to go out there no matter what,” Gallardo said. “I wasn’t going to let them take me out of the game.”Gallardo struck out Eric Hinske, forced pinch hitter Freddie Freeman to ground out to Fielder at first and got Prado to hit a grounder to shortstop Craig Counsell to end it on his 111th pitch.“He’s been dominant since day one of spring training. I feel like he’s come in with just a different focus, a different intensity level,” Braun said. “It’s special to watch when he’s throwing the ball that well.”Lowe went six innings and struck out seven, but allowed Braun’s RBI single in the third. Gallardo singled off Lowe with one out in the inning and after a strike out by Rickie Weeks, Morgan and Braun followed with singles to put Milwaukee up 1-0. It was the first run Lowe allowed this season as his ERA rose to 0.77 in his first two starts.Gallardo was sharp from the start, only giving up a one-out single to Nate McLouth in the first and walks in the fourth and fifth innings. He faced only one over the minimum thanks to two double plays by his defense.Uggla led off the eighth with a single, but with one out, he tried stealing second. Uggla would’ve been safe, but slid past the bag and was tagged out by a scrambling Weeks.“He’s going in there hard,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s not a base stealer, but we had the hit-and-run on and he just overslid the bag a little.”That was Atlanta’s last chance.Game notesIt was Gallardo’s fourth career complete game. … Morgan improved to 17 of 31 against Lowe in his career. … Braves LHP Mike Minor was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and will start Wednesday night’s game. He was 3-2 with a 5.98 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) last season. … Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens (right oblique strain) will throw a simulated game at Gwinnett on Wednesday.last_img read more

Holdup Ends in One Death, Anger in New Kru Town

first_imgA 21 year old Sierra Leonean man was reportedly stabbed to death by a robber only identified as Red in a holdup attempt that went wrong Wednesday night in Nyuanpanton, near New Kru Town, Monrovia.An eye-witness told the Daily Observer that the victim was ordered by Red to empty his pockets. When Red approached the young Sierra Leonean to demand what was in his wallet and he refused, Red called out to three other friends who joined him in the attack.“He called out to his friends by the nicknames One Million, Pretty Jean and Blank Check who joined him in forcing the victim to turn his money over to them,” a neighbor said.When Red stabbed the victim, and found out that he had only LD200 on him, they realized what they had done was wrong, according to neighbors.They narrated that the victim had been struggling to make ends meet doing “a little selling business” and his death was unfortunate.“The young man was only about 21 years,” another neighbor said, adding that “his death makes it five the number of young people in the community who have been killed by knife wielding robbers since the beginning of 2016.” When the victim’s fellow Sierra Leoneans heard about his death, a group of them, armed with anything they could use as weapons, rushed to Nyuanpanton to search for anyone connected to the young man’s death, residents told the Daily Observer.“His friends came to our community in search of those involved in the boy’s death and when they located Red and his friends’ zinc house they began to break it down.“Later the police were informed sent out several officers, including PSU who came to calm the situation down,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, Police officers have arrested one of the four attackers named One Million and detained him at the New Kru Town Depot, while investigations continued yesterday.The body of the victim was deposited at the Redemption Hospital morgue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more