ST. LOUIS -- Yovani Gallardo felt good about his quality outing against the Cardinals on Friday, even if it was a no-decision. He's had trouble with this National League Central rival in the past.
"It seems like I hear about it every time I'm here," he said.
Gallardo entered the night 1-9 with a 7.05 ERA in 13 career starts against the Cardinals, and appeared headed for another long night after falling into a 2-0 hole after one inning. But Gallardo stiffened after that, holding St. Louis to no more runs through the end of the sixth.
The outing came after a two hour, 20 minute rain delay.
"It was tough sitting in the clubhouse for seven hours, trying to figure out if you were going to play or not," he said. "The first couple of innings, I was just leaving the ball up in the zone. ... They made me work, for sure. They put guys on base every inning, it seemed like. It's always a good thing to be able to get out of certain situations."
Statistically speaking, it was Gallardo's fourth-best start of his 14 outings against St. Louis, using Bill James' "game score" as a guide. His best outing came last May, when Gallardo took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and wound up allowing that lone hit in eight scoreless frames.
Many more of his matchups against St. Louis went poorly. On Opening Day, the Cardinals touched Gallardo for four home runs. Later that month, they scored eight earned runs against him in two innings.
On Friday, it was Gallardo's turn to give the Cardinals trouble.
"I think that was a big game for him going forward, knowing that, 'Hey, I just need to make pitches and I can beat anybody,'" Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.