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Gallardo apologizes for drunk driving arrest

Brewers Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo is winless in three tries this season. Opponents are hitting .371 off him.

As he takes the mound Thursday for a 12:10 p.m. CT start against the Giants, Gallardo might try to forget about more than just his struggles on the mound.

The 27-year-old was arrested early Tuesday and cited for drunken driving after a motorist noticed him cruising chaotically by Miller Park and phoned the police. Gallardo registered a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the Wisconsin legal limit of .08, and was issued a ticket. A first-time citation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated is not a criminal offense in Wisconsin.

Since the Brewers have a club policy of not making fines or other sanctions public, it is not known whether the club has disciplined Gallardo further, and he is scheduled to take the mound Thursday.

"Obviously, last night I made a bad decision," Gallardo said Tuesday. "You know, I made a mistake. I'm sure I've lost a lot of respect from a lot of fans, but I just want to apologize. I apologize to the fans, to my teammates, my family. You know, like I said, it's just a bad call. It's something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. But at this point, you know, there's nothing I can do about it now."

Gallardo has historically had great success against the Giants, going 5-3 with a 2.96 ERA and 44 strikeouts to 17 walks in 51 2/3 innings. He's allowed only three home runs, the least among all teams he's collected at least 50 innings against.

Outfielder Ryan Braun said he thinks Gallardo will bounce back strongly from the arrest.

"I'm sure it presents a unique set of circumstances, a unique challenge, but he will be fine," Braun said. "We all deal with different things in our lives that can become distracting, but you try to focus on some of the things you can control. He will be fine."

The Brewers will be hoping to carry over some momentum from a walk-off hit in a 4-3 win against the Giants on Wednesday that pushed Milwaukee to 5-8 on the season.

The starting rotation entered Wednesday 27th in the Majors with a 5.40 ERA.

The Brewers' hitting hasn't been much better, coming in at 25th in the Majors with 46 runs through their first 12 games.

They'll get a chance against the struggling Matt Cain, who allowed two home runs in his last start against the Cubs, something he never did in his 2011 campaign, in which he allowed just nine homers all season.

"This is Wrigley Field," manager Bruce Bochy said after Cain's start Friday. "We know a lot of times you get a ball in the wind, it just keeps going. That's part of playing in this park."

While Cain has fanned 16 batters to five walks in 16 2/3 innings, opponents have hit .273 off him. He's still looking for his first win.

Brewers: Hot-and-cold Gomez finding groove
Carlos Gomez recorded three hits Wednesday and has now collected three hits in three consecutive games, raising his batting average from .167 to .300.

The streaky outfielder also went through roller coaster-like stretches last season, when he posted monthly OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) numbers of .893, .700, .613, .881, .738, and .779.

One thing that's been fairly consistent is that Gomez has been better later in the season during his seven-year career. His pre-All-Star break numbers: .240 average, .651 OPS. Post-All-Star break: .260 average, .711 OPS.

Giants: Left-field platoon favoring Blanco
With the last seven games coming against right-handed starters, Gregor Blanco has enjoyed the better part of a platoon situation in left field, while Andres Torres has played predominantly against left-handers.

Blanco has started all seven games on the road trip, though Torres got the nod in left Saturday, pushing Blanco to center. Blanco went 0-for-3 Wednesday after going 0-for-5 Tuesday.

"Part of this game is a little luck," Bochy said. "But I like the at-bats Blanco gave us."

Blanco is hitting .225 in 40 at-bats while Torres is hitting .250 in 28 at-bats.

Worth noting
• The Brewers re-signed Francisco Rodriguez to a Minor League deal that gives the team 30 days to decide whether or not the former closer will be added to the big league club. Otherwise, Rodriguez can file for free agency. "It's low-risk on our side," general manager Doug Melvin said.

• Ryan Braun was 0-for-1 with three walks and a strikeout Wednesday and has now struck out 11 times in his last five games. "My neck is fine now," he said. "It was [messed] up for a while. The first couple of games in St. Louis I'm sure it didn't help, but it's not an issue now."

• With the early game Thursday, Bochy indicated he might give some starters a rest. Nick Noonan is likely to get the nod at second base to give Marco Scutaro the day off.

• Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval each enter Thursday on 10-game hitting streaks.

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