What's wrong with Yovani Gallardo?
That question was on the minds of many people associated with the Brewers after the young ace delivered another puzzling outing Wednesday in what became a 7-6, 10-inning loss to Cincinnati.
Gallardo allowed four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer by Joey Votto, and exited with two on and none out in the sixth, having surrendered 10 hits and six runs.
Gallardo has struggled since pitching a two-hit shutout on April 5 against the Braves. In four starts since, he has surrendered 35 hits and 21 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings.
His ERA has ballooned to 5.70, highest among the Brewers' starters.
"I got more concerned today, because I didn't think he had his stuff," manager Ron Roenicke said of Gallardo's outing against the Reds. "That's the first time, I think, he's gone out there without good stuff.
"I think the last three outings were good stuff but no command. Today he didn't have his command or his stuff."
That was evident from the very first pitch Gallardo threw, which was lined up the middle for a base hit by Drew Stubbs. Jay Bruce followed with a single to left-center, and Votto hit his home run to make it 3-0 with no outs recorded.
The Reds added a run on Paul Janish's sacrifice fly before Gallardo finally escaped from the inning after 29 pitches.
"It was tough," Gallardo said. "The first two hitters, ground balls that find the hole, then I fell behind Votto, just got a pitch up in the zone and he drove it for a home run."
From there, Gallardo settled down, allowing the Brewers to climb back in the game. But, after four scoreless innings, he was pulled in the sixth, having thrown 101 pitches.
"I think (pitching coach) Rick (Kranitz) and I will have a conversation to see how he's doing and find out what's going on because you guys know this, this isn't 'Yo,'" Roenicke said.
"I know all the clips I saw of him last year and what I saw in spring and the first two outings (this season), this is something I haven't seen in him."
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