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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
MILWAUKEE—As he was about to be intentionally walked, Brewers infielder Mark Reynolds was chuckling in the batter’s box, knowing that his team needed a starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, to get a big hit to beat the Baltimore Orioles.
It turns out that Gallardo got the last laugh.
With the Brewers out of position players, Gallardo’s pinch-hit double off T.J. McFarland scored Reynolds from first with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Miller Park.
“I kind of made eye contact with Yo and said, ‘Let’s go, man,’” Reynolds said. “He’s a good hitter. He threw a fastball and Yo put a good swing on it and it was fun.”
McFarland (0-1) retired the first two batters of the 10th before intentionally walking Reynolds, knowing the Brewers were out of position players and Francisco Rodriguez was due up next. In 757 games, Rodriguez (2-1) has only two plate appearances, so manager Ron Roenicke looked to Gallardo, who has a .202 lifetime average and 12 homers.
“You’re hoping to get something lucky, but I think Yo has shown over the years that he’s really a good hitter,” Roenicke said.
Gallardo belted a 2-0 pitch off the center-field wall to easily score Reynolds without a play at the plate.
It was the first time that a pitcher had a pinch-hit, walk-off hit since Glendon Rusch did it for the Brewers in the 14th inning against the Houston Astros on April 19, 2003, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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