Prior to Sunday's game at Miller Park, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun will almost certainly be selected to his fifth All-Star game.
Gallardo looks to earn his seventh victory in as many regular-season starts against the Diamondbacks when he takes the ball for the finale of a three-game series.
Braun has put aside any possible distractions stemming from his overturned 50-game drug suspension in the offseason, and is batting .313 with an NL-best 22 homers and 55 RBIs."It's been good so far," said the reigning NL MVP after hitting two home runs in Saturday's 10-2 win over Arizona. "The one thing that challenges me is plate discipline and sometimes I've been swinging out of the strike zone. But overall, I am happy with where I am at."
Although Braun is enjoying another All-Star caliber season, it hasn't led to much success for the Brewers. Milwaukee (35-42) is eight games behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati, and Saturday's win was just its second in the last seven games.
With Gallardo (6-6, 4.14 ERA) taking the ball Sunday, though, the Brewers appear in good shape to pick up another victory.
Gallardo has compiled a 1.21 ERA while winning all six of his regular-season starts against the Diamondbacks (39-38). He also started Games 1 and 5 of last season's NL division series between the clubs, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA to help lead the Brewers to the NLCS.
The right-hander gave up one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 7-1 victory in Arizona on May 25.
Gallardo last pitched Monday in Cincinnati, giving up two runs, four hits and four walks in six innings of a 3-1 loss. Milwaukee's opening day starter has yielded three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 outings.
While Gallardo has time and again overpowered the Diamondbacks, Arizona's Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.80) has had Milwaukee's number.
In two regular-season starts against the Brewers last year, Collmenter went 1-0 while allowing six hits and a walk over 14 scoreless innings. He also took the ball in Game 3 of last October's NLDS after the Diamondbacks had dropped the first two games in Milwaukee, and gave up a run and two hits in seven innings of an 8-1 victory.
Braun was 0 for 2 with a walk against Collmenter in the postseason game, and has never faced him in the regular season.
Collmenter is starting in place of Daniel Hudson , who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. Collmenter opened the season in Arizona's rotation, but moved to the bullpen after recording a 9.82 ERA in four starts.
The righty has performed well in relief and also in an emergency start June 22, when scheduled starter Joe Saunders felt tightness in his shoulder while warming up. Collmenter permitted one run and three hits in four innings of the Diamondbacks' 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs .
Arizona lost Saturday for the third time in five games after winning 12 of its previous 17.
Justin Upton walked twice but saw an eight-game hitting streak, in which he hit .467 with two homers and 10 RBIs, come to an end. He is 4 for 12 lifetime against Gallardo.
|June 26, 2012||Daniel Hudson||15-Day DL||Right foream tightness|
|June 17, 2012||Joe Saunders||15-Day DL||Strained left shoulder|
|May 23, 2012||Miguel Montero||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|April 19, 2012||Daniel Hudson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|April 19, 2012||Daniel Hudson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|April 18, 2012||Chris Young||15-Day DL||Right shoulder contusion|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|May 26, 2012||Cesar Izturis||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|May 26, 2012||Travis Ishikawa||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Carlos Gomez got pretty tired of all the throws over to first base the Arizona Diamondbacks made after he came on as a pinch-runner in the ninth.
A few moments later, he couldn't have been happier with their last two throws that tried to pick him off the bases.
He raced home following two throwing errors after he stole second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
"I don't like how many times they threw over. I get tired," Gomez said. "There was nobody out and you're the fast guy on the team, they expect that you're going to run. You want to watch the move every time and then when you've got it you've got to go."
Gomez entered the game as a pinch-runner for Aramis Ramirez , who led off by drawing a five-pitch walk from Diamondbacks reliever Patrick Corbin (2-4). After Corey Hart flew out, Gomez stole second, jumped to his feet as the throw from catcher Miguel Montero ended up in center field. Outfielder Gerardo Parra picked up the ball but threw wildly to third, allowing Gomez to score the winning run when the ball ricocheted into the stands along the third base line.
"I knew he was going to go," Montero said. "He got a good jump, but it was a bad throw."
Parra thought his throw to third base was on line.
"It was a good throw, but it hit Gomez in the helmet, I thought," Parra said. "It's a tough way to lose, but that's baseball."
John Axford (2-5) pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Jason Kubel hit a tying homer in the eighth inning on the first pitch from Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez . It was the 12th consecutive game in which Arizona hit a home run, extending a season high.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo appeared as though he would run his record against Arizona to 7-0. He gave up three hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking six and striking out five.
He dueled with Diamondbacks' starter Josh Collmenter , who gave up three hits and one earned run in six innings, while striking out five batters and allowing no walks.
Gallardo left with two outs in the top of the seventh and after the Diamondbacks loaded the bases without a hit. After retiring the first two batters, Gallardo walked pinch-hitter Chris Young . Willie Bloomquist reached on a fielding error by Brewers second-baseman Rickie Weeks . Young advanced to third when Weeks threw wildly to first base. Gallardo then walked Stephen Drew . Brewers reliever Jose Veras took over for Gallardo and struck out Justin Upton , who swung and missed at a fastball.
Gallardo, who entered the game with a 1.21 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks, managed to keep the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard despite inconsistent command. He threw 117 pitches, just 66 for strikes. He also threw a wild pitch.
"Gallardo is a great pitcher, but it seems like he's even better against us," Montero said. "He must really like to face us. He dominates."
Collmenter came into Sunday afternoon's contest with a 1-0 record and a 1.17 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Brewers in his career.
He held the Brewers hitless through three innings, facing the minimum number of batters, before surrendering a lead-off ground-rule double to Norichika Aoki to lead off the fourth. Aoki advanced to third on a Collmenter wild pitch and scored on Nyjer Morgan 's groundout.
"I felt really good," Collmenter said. "I made pitches when I needed to. They're really aggressive, so you can use that against them and keep them uncomfortable in the box."
The game was delayed at the top of the second inning for an emergency medical situation involving a non-uniformed employee of the Milwaukee Brewers . The team didn't release any details. Medical personnel could be seen gathered in the Brewers bullpen for several minutes before the person was transported by stadium ambulance across the outfield warning track to a tunnel leading out of stadium.
"In light of what happened today, I'm not really in place to talk about anything related to baseball," Braun said. "I think it'd be inappropriate. There are constant reminders in life that there are things that are far more important than this game that we play and I think it'd be inappropriate for me to talk about baseball or anything else."
NOTES: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was selected as an All-Star Game reserve but is expected to start due to an injury to the Los Angeles Dodgers ' Matt Kemp . Braun had been selected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games prior to this season. He didn't play in last year's game due to a strained left calf. .Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley was selected to the NL All-Star squad for the first time. Miley started Saturday night's game against the Brewers, giving up eight hits, eight runs and three home runs in just 3 and 2-3 innings of work. "I was mad about last night and frustrated," Miley said. "It's a `pick-me-back-upper,' no doubt." .The Brewers sported special green jerseys with red trim featuring the word "Birrai," the Italian translation for "Brewers," as part of Italian Heritage Day at Miller Park.