A former Tech Graduate was named the starter for game one of the American League Division Series. Yovanni Gallardo is playing for his hometown team, the Rangers, as they face off against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gallardo has faced the Blue Jays in starts this season and has allowed zero runs in 13 1/2 innings on the mound. In his previous starts against Toronto, he went 8 1/3 scoreless innings in Toronto, and threw another 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays back in August. Game one will be Thursday at 2:30 in Toronto.
“This is the team I grew up watching as a young kid,” Gallardo said. “To have the opportunity to start game one, it’s a big accomplishment. I’m excited to get that opportunity and take advantage of it.” Gallardo went on to say “I go out there and pitch my game each and every time out.They know the way I pitch. I’ve faced those guys throughout my career a pretty good number of times.”
Gallardo grew up on the northside of Fort Worth and attended Trimble Tech High School, where the baseball field is now named after him, and graduated in 2004. During that time Gallardo attended numerous games at Globe Life Park.
“When I was young, it would seem like every time I’d come out to watch a game at the ballpark and even with my cousins, it was one of those things we always talked about,” Gallardo said. “Having that goal for myself to put on that Rangers uniform and pitch important games throughout the year. The one goal we all have is to win the World Series. This is the first step.”
That first step is Thursday afternoon.
ALDS Rangers vs Blue Jays
Game 1 is in Toronto, Thursday 2:30
Game 2 is in Toronto, Friday 11:30 am
Game 3 is in Arlington, Sunday 7 pm
Game 4 is in Arlington, Monday TBD
Game 5 is in Toronto, Oct 14th TBD
Gallardo season numbers are 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA, more importantly as been mentioned above he has faced the Blue Jays twice before with 13 1/2 shutout innings. Tune in on Thursday and Friday and come out to the ballpark on Sunday to support our Rangers.
Gallardo pitched five innings allowing two runs on just four hits earning the victory over Toronto’s Cy Young candidate David Price. Thanks to Gallardo and the bullpen the Rangers now have a leg up on the Blue Jays going into Friday’s game 2 even though they may be without Beltre who is dealing with a back strain.
Congrats Yovani Gallardo on the Game 1 WIN! Rangers lead the Blue Jays 1-0.