(Sports Network) - Yovani Gallardo is set to make a start against one of the
clubs he has been linked to amidst trade speculation, as the Milwaukee Brewers
open a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Chase Field.
Gallardo is coming off a win over the New York Mets on Saturday when he fanned
six batters and allowed four runs over six innings. After not allowing an
earned run over three straight starts last month, Gallardo has given up three
runs or more in each of his last three outings. However, the right-hander
insists his focus level has not wavered.
"You can think about (the trade rumors) all you want, but there's nothing you
can do," Gallardo said. "There's really nothing you can do. You just have to
go out there and pitch, and then wait around to see what happens.
"It's already hard enough to pitch at this level to begin with, so the last
thing you need is to be thinking about things like that."
Meanwhile, Arizona will turn to southpaw Wade Miley, who is also coming off a
win on Saturday as he limited the Colorado Rockies to one run on five hits
over eight innings of work. Of course, it also helped that his offense put 11
runs on the board in that victory.
"The way we were hitting, you just want to go right after guys and get the
offense back in as quick as possible," Miley said. "That was my mentality, not
try to do too much."
Miley will hope for the bats to come back to life after the team suffered a
three-game home sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
Wednesday's series finale lasted more than five hours and L.A. came out on top
thanks to back-to-back home runs by Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis in the 14th
The NL West-leading D'backs now lead the Dodgers by only 1 1/2 games after
beginning that series with a 4 1/2-game cushion.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee missed out on a chance to sweep the Cincinnati Reds on
Wednesday as they dropped the series finale, 6-2. Starter Johnny Hellweg made
his third big league start and lost for the third time, as he walked five
batters and hit one more. The Brewers offense had no answer for Cincinnati's
Mike Leake, who pitched 8 1/3 solid innings.
Fortunately for Milwaukee, outfielders Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki are
expected to return to the starting lineup for Thursday's series opener after
sitting out Wednesday's loss. Aoki is nursing a stiff left elbow, while Braun
is being eased back into the lineup after missing 22 games with an inflamed
nerve in his right hand. Of course, Braun is also dealing with the increasing
likelihood of a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy,
according to multiple reports.
Arizona swept a three-game series in Milwaukee when these teams met in April.
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