By Evan Brunell
UPDATE: Gallardo ended up pitching eight strong and one-hitting the Cardinals in a beautiful effort that could represent a turning of the corner. Watch out for Milwaukee -- once Gallardo, Greinke and Marcum get going, this will be a team that rockets up the standings.
UPDATE: A valiant effort by Craig Counsell is wasted as Gallardo gave up a groundball single to Daniel Descalso to snap the no-hitter on the first batter of the eighth. Gallardo may not be long for the game as the Brew Crew now has someone warming.
Yovani Gallardo has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Cardinals just a day after Jamie Garcia took a perfect game into the eighth for St. Louis. Gallardo will face the bottom third of the order to start the eighth. He converted a double play to end the seventh in strong fashion.
Gallardo's revenge isn't as impressive, as he's coughed up four walks on the game. Still, no hits is rather impressive. He's also struck out five Cardinals and has tossed 104 pitches. He'll need to be efficient the rest of the way to avoid racking up a high pitch count but is no stranger to pitch counts over 100 -- all but one of his starts have cracked triple digits, topping out with 113 against the Reds on April 22.
Regardless of whether or not he locks up the no-hitter, Gallardo's start is extremely encouraging after coming into the game with a 6.10 ERA in seven starts. The righty was expected to pair with Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to form a dominating trio but has struggled to meet expectations thus far. He went 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.