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

Preparations of B&H Basketball Representation Started, Medical Examination and First Training Today

first_imgB&H senior basketball representation will conduct today medical examination and the first joint training as part of preparations for qualification at the European Championship.The best B&H basketball players gathered last night in Ilidža, where the coach Duško Ivanović invited 12 players.Filip Adamović will miss the qualifications, Zachary Wright will not participate either and is questionable participation of Nihad Đedović due to the arm surgery. Muhamed Pašalić will not participate as well.Captain Mirza Teletović due to NBA rules will not attend the first part of preparations, while today should join the team D.J. Cooper, the new American in B&H team.Young B&H players Nedim Buza, Adin Vrabac, Emir Sulejmanović, Amar Alibegović and Jusuf Nurkić will join the representation after the completion of championship for players up to 20 years old.Players will conduct the first part of preparations in Sarajevo, and from 12 July, will host the tournament, in which will participate Israel and Slovakia. 7 days later will play against Italy and Montenegro.Then, B&H basketball players will play two matches with the selection of Sweden.The best B&H basketball players in the last phase of preparations will play in the tournament in Italy, against Italy, Serbia and Canada.Representation of B&H in the qualifications for European Championship performs in the group with Great Britain and Iceland. Qualifications will start on 13 August, with the match against Great Britain in London.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Abhinav Bindra Backs Nikhat Zareen’s Appeal of ‘Fair’ Trial Against Mary Kom

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsAbhinav Bindrabfiboxing First Published: October 17, 2019, 7:00 PM IST New Delhi: India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on Thursday backed Nikhat Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against celebrated boxer M C Mary Kom before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided.Former junior world champion boxer Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the World Championships, has written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a “fair chance” to make it to the team for the Olympic qualifiers to be held in February next year. “While I have all the respect for Mary Kom, fact is an athlete’s life is an offering of proof. Proof that we can be as good as yesterday. Better than yesterday. Better than tomorrows man /woman. In sport, yesterday NEVER counts,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.Both Bindra and Zareen are associated with JSW group in different capacities.Mary Kom (51kg) claimed her eighth world medal at the recently-concluded championships in Russia and BFI now plans to send the Manipuri boxer for the Olympic qualifiers in China, moving away from the previous decision to give direct selection only to the gold and silver winners.The BFI criteria for men made it possible for even the bronze-winners to get direct selection.Zareen had lost to Mary Kom at the semifinal of India Open in May this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more