Gallardo's biggest challenge came in the second inning when his offspeed pitches were consistently high. He gave up singles to Michael Cuddyer and Chris Nelson, then with two outs, he walked Ben Paulson to load the bases.
"I had trouble commanding the ball that whole inning," Gallardo said. "My curveball that [Nelson] hit down the line was up. The pitches were just up. I was rushing to home plate a little bit too quick, but I was able to correct that the following inning."Gallardo threw an otherwise efficient 45 pitches over 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two. "That's where it all starts, just getting ahead and then commanding the ball," Gallardo said. "I'm really focused on throwing strikes with my offspeed stuff, the slider and the curveball, and I've been working on the changeup and mixing it in for strikes around the zone."