Game of the day: Mexico 1, D-backs 0: Gallardo looks good in tuneup

2013-03-06T00:00:00Z Game of the day: Mexico 1, D-backs 0: Gallardo looks good in tuneupThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SCOTTSDALE - Putting on Mexico's jersey for the first time was everything Yovani Gallardo ever imagined. Even better, he felt healthy when he did it.

Gallardo struck out the side, albeit with a pair of walks in between, in Mexico's 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

"It's a feeling I can't explain," Gallardo said. "You put on that jersey that says Mexico, it explains where you're from and the passion I have. It's an honor, a dream come true."

Gallardo's further participation in the World Baseball Classic was put in doubt when the right-hander was scratched from his start Sunday against Chicago because of a slight groin strain.

Though he still needs the final go-ahead from the Brewers coaching and training staff, Gallardo expects to be able to pitch as planned Friday when Mexico opens WBC pool play against the Team USA.

"For me, the main goal was to make sure I was healthy," said Gallardo, the Milwaukee Brewers' Opening Day starter the past three seasons. "It felt fine."

Gallardo struck out Adam Eaton swinging and Cliff Pennington looking but then walked Paul Goldschmidt on four pitches. He also walked Jason Kubel, but bounced back to strike out Eric Chavez and complete his 24-pitch outing.

Arizona starter Ian Kennedy went three scoreless innings, yielding two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He's allowed only one unearned run this spring.

Humberto Cota drove in Luis Garcia on a single to right in the fifth off Brad Ziegler for the only run.

Inside pitch

• Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross will be out two to three weeks with a lower left leg strain.

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