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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-09-07

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-09-07The Brewers want to win as many games as possible in what turned out to be a disappointing season. But they also want to protect their best young pitcher, right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

After Gallardo met Sunday with general manager Doug Melvin, assistant general manager Gord Ash, manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Chris Bosio, the decision was made to postpone Gallardo's next start to Sept. 15 in Chicago. In essence, his next turn will be skipped.

Gallardo surpassed the 3,000-pitch plateau in a 3-2 loss Saturday to San Francisco and the Brewers are concerned about the toll on his arm after he missed most of the 2008 season with a knee injury.

"It makes sense after discussing it with them," said Gallardo, 23.

Gallardo leads the Brewers with 175 1/3 innings pitched and 192 strikeouts. The Brewers had a statistical report prepared that detailed the dangers of having a pitcher Gallardo's age throw more than 3,000 pitches.

"We're trying to manage, as well as we can, his number of pitches, and intermingle that with the development of a young pitcher," Macha said. "To sit here and be alarmed about his number of innings, the guy who pitched against us last night (San Francisco's Matt Cain), at age 23, threw 217 innings.

"It's not like this is (unheard of). The only problem is that last year he didn't pitch at all, and there is a huge increase. This a valuable commodity, and we're trying to balance development and ensuring that he stays healthy."

And, as Ash noted, "It's also the circumstances that the team finds itself in. If we were in the situation we were in last year (when the Brewers won the NL wild card), we would probably keep pitching him. The circumstance we're in this year is different."

BREWERS 2, GIANTS 1 (12 innings): With the way the two pitching staffs were dominating the hitters, it took something dramatic to end this one. And Brewers 1B Prince Fielder provided the drama with a 12th inning homer off Giants RHP Merkin Valdez that prevented a three-game sweep by visiting San Francisco. With the blast, Fielder extended his major-league-leading RBI total to 123. There was also drama in the field for the Brewers. In the sixth inning, they turned a triple play to help RHP Braden Looper escape a two-on, no-out jam. Aaron Rowand hit a bouncer to 3B Casey McGehee, who fired to second baseman Felipe Lopez, who in turn threw to Fielder to complete the triple killing. It was the Brewers' first triple play since April 16, 1999, in their home opener that season against the Cubs.

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