Gallardo overcomes inconsistent command

Gallardo overcomes inconsistent command

PHOENIX -- Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo continued his strong spring with a second scoreless start on Sunday. He had occasional lapses in command, but was able to deliver when needed and kept the Rockies in check.

"Yo was real good again," manager Ron Roenicke said after his club's 5-4 victory. "He threw some balls up in the zone, but there was good life on his fastball. He threw quite a few good changeups, nice to see. He had one real good curveball that was hit pretty hard -- I was surprised."

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."