When his crew prepares to go up against a tough pitcher, a manager is apt to urge the players to "make contact and make things happen."
That exhortation does not work against Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who on Sunday did the impossible: He delivered 109 pitches against the Boston Red Sox, who did not swing and miss at a single one of them. And, yet, Gallardo shut out the Red Sox for 6 2/3 innings, setting up a 4-0 Milwaukee win.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, whose team gets Gallardo in Saturday night's middle game of the series, feels he has something even better than that proverbial swing-and-miss stuff.
"His biggest weapon is moxie. He competes, there's no fear," Hurdle saluted. "He pitches to contact, and has a lot of confidence in throwing any pitch at any time. He finds a way to make a pitch he doesn't think you can barrel up."
Gallardo's own manager, Ron Roenicke, thinks a game like the one in Boston "just happens."
"I don't know if that's the plan," Roenicke added. "That's more likely to happen with a patient team. The wild swingers, there's going to be more swings and misses."
Opposing Gallardo will be Edinson Volquez, part of the Pirates' unprecedented Dominican Connection. Along with Francisco Liriano and Wandy Rodriguez, he gives Pittsburgh the first rotation ever to include three natives of the Dominican Republic.
While it certainly was not the plan, Hurdle counts on the fraternity helping the pitchers through the season.
"I'd be surprised if that doesn't give them some level of comfort," Hurdle said."They're going to cubby up. When I played Winter Ball, I know gringos cubbied up. Having three countrymen together, I've gotta think it helps -- especially when it's not going good."
The Pirates hope that will not be necessary following Volquez's second start. In the first, he held St. Louis to one run and four hits through 5 2/3 innings Sunday.
Some other countrymen will have opportunities to ruin Volquez's encore. Milwaukee's regular lineup includes a trio of Dominicans: Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.
Pirates: Morris moving up the bullpen chain
Bryan Morris, who did not know he had made the Opening Day roster until the final day of Spring Training, may be moving up the Bucs' bullpen chain. The right-handed reliever had another solid outing Friday, notching three strikeouts in his two innings.
"The first five hitters … he was just electric," Hurdle said. "Live fastball, a very hard cutter that had great action; you saw some really funny swings."
Brewers: Gomez gets the Gold
Carlos Gomez will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove in a ceremony before Saturday's game -- with the guy from whom he took it, Andrew McCutchen, watching from the other dugout.
Gomez is the Brewers' first Gold Glove winner since Robin Yount in 1982.
Gomez's bat first attracted attention, and it is again a top attribute. He is batting .386 with three homers and seven RBIs.
• Ryan Braun beat out a bunt for his only hit in four at-bats Friday night, and is 2-for-15 in four games at Miller Park.
• All of the Pirates' scoring their last three games -- 12 runs -- have come on eight home runs.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.