Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo has long had the tag "good hitter for a pitcher," and on Tuesday night in Milwaukee he lived up to that billing. Milwaukee used Gallardo as a pinch hitter, and he hit a walk-off RBI double to beat the Orioles, 7-6, in 10 innings at Miller Park.
The Brewers used five bench players earlier in the game, and with two outs, nobody on and Milwaukee pitcher Francisco Rodriguez on deck, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter elected to intentionally walk Mark Reynolds to force the Brewers' hand.
They turned to Gallardo, a lifetime .202/.230/.348 hitter entering Tuesday with 12 career home runs, for his fifth career pinch-hitting appearance. Gallardo launched a double to center field, his 20th career double in 424 career plate appearances, to score Reynolds for the walk-off win.
There will be no rest for the weary though, as Gallardo will get more chances to hit and pitch on Wednesday against the Orioles, as noted by Brewers public relations rep Mike Vassallo: