Results tagged ‘ Yovani Gallardo ’

3/22 Carlos & Yo

Carlos Villanueva wanted to avoid seeing his former Brewers teammates until he took the mound on Friday. He doesn’t believe in fraternization between teams. But Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo did a sneak attack.

“Someone mentioned to me [that he doesn’t like to talk on the field],” Gallardo said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I have to talk to him on purpose now and see what he does.’ We said hello before the game. He was a good friend of mine, and he still is. It’s good to see him doing well.”

Gallardo started by sending his former teammate text messages around 7 a.m. Friday.

Villanueva left Mesa before the Cubs’ team bus, and was hoping to avoid seeing anyone from the Brewers. But when he got to Maryvale Baseball Park, there was Gallardo, waiting for him. The two hugged.

“Of course, he’s warming up right there,” Villanueva said of Gallardo. “I couldn’t just push him away. Pitchers, I’m OK with.”

Villanueva and Gallardo were together on the Brewers from 2007-10, and good friends.

“Me and Yo, we were tight when I was there,” Villanueva said. “There was a lot of trash talking back and forth for the last couple days. I have a lot of friends on that team, but when it comes down to business, it’s business, and they know it.

“We’ll be facing them a lot during the season and sometimes it’s a good thing I know a little bit about them because that way I can maybe use some of that against them, but hopefully those two years I was away [playing for the Blue Jays], they forgot a little bit.”

Villanueva threw six scoreless innings, while Gallardo gave up one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. Gallardo did offer a scouting report on Villanueva.

“He looked pretty good to me,” Gallardo said. “He’s got good stuff. Even when he was here, he’s got four plus pitches, commands the ball very well, and any time you have the off-speed like he does, you’re one pitch away from getting out of a tough inning.”

Villanueva’s Cubs got the upper hand on Friday, rallying to beat the Brewers, 4-1. They’ll meet again April 8-10 in the Cubs’ regular season home opener at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 Wood, Cubs comes up short

Travis Wood did everything he could to beat the Brewers. He just didn’t get much help. He hit his third career home run but also served up a three-run shot to rookie Jeff Bianchi as the Brewers beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Tuesday night. The announced crowd was 30,017, the smallest of the season at Wrigley Field.

It was Wood’s eighth straight loss, which is a career-high, and the Cubs fell to a season-low 30-games under .500 (49-79). He’s now 0-8 with a 6.66 ERA in his last nine starts. Wood (4-11) gave up three runs, on Bianchi’s homer, over seven innings. Asked to sum up his season so far, the lefty shrugged.

“With tonight, I’m 4-11, so not very good,” he said.

On Monday night, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart each homered for Milwaukee. That’s to be expected. On Tuesday, the Brewers got their power from an unlikely source. With one out in the Milwaukee second, Hart doubled, but was caught in a rundown by Wood. Martin Maldonado was safe on a fielder’s choice on the play, and Carlos Gomez then singled. Both scored on Bianchi’s first Major League home run off a 3-0 pitch.

“It was 3-0 [in the count] and I should’ve known better,” Wood said. “The pitcher was on deck. I didn’t, and I made the pitch I did, and he hit it out.”

Wood did that as well when he led off the Cubs’ third with his third career home run, although he hit an 0-2 pitch from Yovani Gallardo into the left-field bleachers. The lefty is the second Cubs pitcher to connect this year, as Paul Maholm also did so for the Cubs on June 23 against the D-backs. It was Wood’s first blast since May 9, 2011.

“He’s been swinging pretty good,” Gallardo said of Wood. “I saw that my last start. I just tried to overthrow it and it came back over the plate, and he hit it out.”

Wood didn’t celebrate his blast.

“It’s a moot point when you still lose the ballgame,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

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