Sitting in fourth place in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers have their work cut out if they hope to climb back into the mix.
Yovani Gallardo has certainly done his part of late.
Gallardo tries to win a season-best third consecutive start Saturday night as the visiting Brewers continue a three-game set with the division-leading Cincinnati Reds.
While Gallardo (8-6, 3.59 ERA) was inconsistent over the first two months of the season, he's recently picked up the pace. The right-hander has gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA over his last seven outings, allowing three runs or fewer in each.
Gallardo has been especially dominant in three July outings, allowing a combined two runs in 19 2-3 innings. He struck out a career-high 14 on Sunday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball during a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
"Real good game," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Downhill with his fastball, life on it, command. Curveballs were good, cutters were good. That's the type of game that we get excit...