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10/01/08 7:39 PM ET

Brewers Short Hops: Game 1

Strong effort by 'pen after Gallardo's short start

Philadelphia -- Fielding the Brewers' Game 1, 3-1, loss to the Phillies on a short hop ...

In 25 words ...
Power hitting was prevalent during the Brewers' Wild Card run. But against Cole Hamels, on his "A" game with a terrific changeup, the Milwaukee bats went silent.

Frozen moment

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Second baseman Rickie Weeks dropping a throw at first base on Hamels' sacrifice bunt, clearing the way for three unearned runs in the third inning. Hamels reached on the play, and Carlos Ruiz advanced to second.

Big number
19 -- The number of pitches Yovani Gallardo had to throw to get out of the third inning after Chase Utley's two-out, two-run double popped out of Mike Cameron's glove. That swing led to Gallardo running up a pitch count of 61 through three innings. The right-hander was relieved after four innings and 75 pitches.

Game balls
Carlos Villanueva

Villanueva preserved the bullpen by throwing 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out three in the process. The right-hander kept his team within striking distance.

Yovani Gallardo

Credit the 22-year-old for holding up under adverse conditions and holding things together in his four-inning stint. The game could have gotten out of hand in the third, but he escaped further damage by inducing an inning-ending flyout with the bases loaded.

Mitch Stetter

The left-hander did his job in the fifth inning, slowing the Phillies' momentum by retiring left-handed hitters Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Sense of October
A sense of urgency came in the ninth inning, as the Brewers' bats received a wake-up call. Ryan Braun's double put Milwaukee on the board. There was a chance to tie, but the threat ended with the tying runs in scoring position.

Lines of the Game


Corey Hart

3 AB, 1 H

Comment: The Brewers were held without a baserunner until Hart lined a two-out single to right field in the fifth inning.


Yovani Gallardo

4 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 K

Comment: The right-hander deserved better, being hurt by an error and ball that was close to being caught by Cameron in the third inning.

Next step
The right guy to get the Brewers back on track takes the hill on Thursday. CC Sabathia, on three days' rest, will look to even the series.

"We've got CC going tomorrow, but our pitching staff is on a roll. They're really throwing well."
-- Infielder Craig Counsell

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.