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Gallardo ‘cool’ in debut

June 19, 2007

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— Yovani Gallardo only heard his teammates say "good job" as he left the mound in the seventh to end his major-league debut.

But as Gallardo walked back to the dugout to a standing ovation, there stood the highly touted young infield of Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun soaking in the moment.

"We were all standing on the mound after he left, and I was looking at those kids and Prince goes, 'Man, he's cool. He's just nice and calm and cool,"' said Brewers manager Ned Yost. "I said, 'Yeah, he's just like you guys. He's a stud."'

Fielder hit his NL-leading 26th home run, Gallardo dazzled through 61â3 inning, and the Milwaukee held off the struggling San Francisco Giants, 5-4, on Monday night.

Barry Bonds, with 748 career home runs, went 1-for-2 with a double in the sixth and two walks as San Francisco dropped its fifth game in a row. The Giants have lost 17 of 23 overall.

"It's hard to explain what's going on," manager Bruce Bochy said. "At this point, we'll take anything - a blooper, anything to get us over the hump."

Mixing a 94 mph fastball with curves and changeups 15 mph slower, the 21-year-old Gallardo (1-0) silenced the Giants' sputtering offense and allowed just the one hit to Bonds from the second through the sixth inning until he began to tire.

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