He's tried 10 times in his career in the regular season. But for some strange reason, Yovani Gallardo has only managed to beat the Brewers' division rival St. Louis Cardinals one time.
And similar to some of his previous starts against St. Louis, Friday night was a quick and painful contest for Gallardo at Busch Stadium.
The Milwaukee ace gave up eight hits and eight earned runs in just two innings of work in the Brewers' 13-1 loss on Friday. After holding St. Louis to two runs in the first two innings, Gallardo let the floodgates open on him in the third, failing to record an out and allowing six earned runs himself.
"Location was not good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Stuff was a little bit down, but he wasn't locating well at all. Left his breaking ball up. Fastballs were a lot of them down the middle Everything went wrong."
For Gallardo, this wasn't even the first time the young right-hander hadgiven up eight earned runs to the Cardinals the team that's blasted the most total home runs against Gallardo. He now boasts a 7.05 ERA against St. Louis in thirteen total starts.
It was enough of a poor effort on the hill that Roenicke agreed that Gallardo's tough outings against the Cardinals could have possibly gotten inside of his head.
"I think it can be (mental)," Roenicke said. "Any time a team hits you, there's a lot of mental doubts and your confidence isn't as good. It's the same as if you pitch really well against a team you always know it."
Now, it'll take a bounce-back from the Brewers to remain confident going into the final two games of the series. And with the bullpen getting a lot of work on Friday night, Roenicke will have to be careful going forward in regards to using his relievers in this series.
But just as the Brewers manager isn't overtly concerned about Gallardo, Roenicke didn't fret too much about the freshness of his relievers for the weekend's remaining games.
"We're fine if Marco (Estrada) throws a good game tomorrow," Roenicke said. "If he comes out and has a tough game, we're going to be using up all our guys."Follow Ryan Kartje on Twitter.