PHOENIX Yovani Gallardo is one step closer to being ready for the regular season.
The Brewers right-hander threw 45 pitches in a 3.1-inning effort Sunday in Milwaukee's 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Gallardo allowed a walk and three hits in his second Cactus League start of the year and has yet to allow a run in 5.1 innings of work.
"I ran into a little trouble there in the second inning, leaving my off-speed stuff up in the zone. Overall, I think my command is still getting better. I walked a guy, but it's a matter of working my other pitches in there."
He struck out two Colorado batters Sunday, bringing his exhibition season total to six but Gallardo, who established a career high with 207 strikeouts in 2011 and became the first Brewers pitcher to record 200 or more in three consecutive seasons, is more concerned with his location than statistics at this point.
"It's more location," Gallardo said. "That's a huge part in the first couple sta...