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October 01, 2008

Gallardo exits after 4 innings

Former Fort Worth Trimble Tech standout Yovani Gallardo was taken out after starting and pitching four innings for the Milwaukee Brewers today in the opener of a National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gallardo, who only recently made his return from a knee injury that required surgery, gave up three runs, all unearned, and three hits in the Brewers' first playoff game since 1982. He walked five, including walking in a run in the Phillies' three-run third inning.

In the third, Carlos Ruiz led off for the Phillies with a single. Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, trying to sacrifice, reached base on an error. Gallardo retired the next two batters, but Chase Utley doubled in both runners. Gallardo then walked Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Shane Victorino as the Phillies took a 3-0 lead.

Gallardo, who was a second-round draft choice in 2004, suffered a knee injury May 1 and finally returned with a four-inning stint Sept. 25 before his start today.

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