You’re going to hear it here first, so that you’re prepared, the Milwaukee Brewers will have one of their pitchers post a “no- no,” in other words a NO HITTER in 2011. That pitcher will be Yovani Gallardo.
First let’s turn back the clock to the “Year Of the Streak” for the True Blue Brew Crew, 1987. That was the year the Brewers opened the season with 13 straight wins, Paul Molitor hit in 39 straight games, and Milwaukee celebrated its ONLY no-hitter!
Juan Nieves “No-hitter” 1987
Juan Nieves, the Brewers 22-year-old Puerto Rican born left hander took the mound in Baltimore on a rainy night and made history. Not only was it the first no-hitter in Milwaukee Brewer history, it was the first by a native of Puerto Rico, and the first no-hitter thrown at Memorial Stadium. Nieves used 128 pitches (5 walks, 7 strikeouts) to complete the game and was quoted as saying “I had a mediocre fastball and my slider was aweful…I just went after them in the final three innings and my slider showed up.”
Fast forward to present day, Brewer Ace Yovani Gallardo the 25-year-old from Fort Worth Texas is primed to be the second. Gallardo debuted for Crew in 2007 and has taken the city by storm ever since, posting over 500 strikeouts in that time span. In 2008 Gallardo spent just about the whole year on the DL only appearing in 4 games and posting 20 strikeouts. Yovani is also a work horse, who has also chewed up over 500 innings in the same time period. He’s a pitcher who wants the ball, and wants to win. Add those two qualities to his mid 90’s fastball, hard breaking curveball, and you have the makings of a super star on the brink of history.
Gallardo went 2-0 in the Cactus League this spring with a 1.96 ERA in his five starts which includes 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched. Allowing just 4 hits, and 9 strikeouts in five innings during his last outing.
Opening Day for the Brewers is March 31st, and Yovani will be on the hill in Cincinnati. It’s was 18 years before the first no-hitter in team history, and 14 years since. It’ time for #49 to make the second one a reality.