06/13/10 1:41 AM ET
Matchup allows Melvin to enjoy fruits of labor
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Melvin, who served as the Rangers general manager from 1994-2001, drafted both of Sunday's starters: Colby Lewis for Texas and Yovani Gallardo for Milwaukee. Each has done enough in the big leagues to make Melvin's scouting work look good.
"Look at those two guys: It just takes time," Melvin said recently. "You have to be patient. A lot of times, general managers don't get a chance to see the pitchers [they draft]."
Over the past month, Gallardo has been one of the unheralded stars of the National League. Overshadowed by the NL's other talented right-handers -- namely Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Florida's Josh Johnson and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright -- Gallardo is 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last 11 starts.
Even that ERA would be lower save for when he allowed four runs in six innings to the Twins on May 22. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 10 starts besides that, and has given up just one run total in his last three outings.
"I want to get a win every time I go out there," Gallardo said after his last start, a no-decision against Chicago.
The wins, though, aren't coming as frequently as Milwaukee would like. Although he hasn't lost since April 10, he has also taken four no-decisions in which he has pitched at least six innings with two earned runs or less.
Those are games the Brewers think they should be winning.
"You really, really hate to waste those when the guy throws the ball that well," Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee said after he hit the game-winning home run on Tuesday, when Gallardo last started.
Lewis, meanwhile, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in his last four starts. He's 1-2 with an 11.12 ERA in his career in Interleague starts.
Rangers: Harden on DL; Ogando in bullpen
Texas placed right-hander Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left gluteus muscle. The move came after Harden allowed four home runs in a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night. He is 3-3 with a 5.68 ERA this season. Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who had a 2.05 ERA in 18 games for Double-A Frisco and and Triple-A Oklahoma City, was called up to take his spot on the roster. "It's definitely a very special, amazing, surprising day for me," Ogando said.
Brewers: Lucroy makes strong impression
Milwaukee has liked what it has seen from rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has started three straight games behind the plate. Called up to replace the injured Gregg Zaun on May 21, Lucroy has a strong arm and a hard work ethic, and Milwaukee may be looking at its new No. 1 catcher if he keeps up the good work. He went 2-for-3 with a stolen base on Saturday.
Rangers third baseman Michael Young is two hits shy of tying the club's all-time record of 1,747, set by former catcher Ivan Rodriguez. ... Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks recorded the 500th hit of his career in the fifth inning Saturday with a double.
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