Gallardo sets franchise record with 1,207th K

Gallardo sets franchise record with 1,207th K

MILWAUKEE -- In the middle of a tough inning against the Marlins, Yovani Gallardo became the Brewers' all-time leader in strikeouts.

His second-inning K of Jarrod Saltalamacchia was No. 1,207 of Gallardo's career, surpassing Ben Sheets for the franchise record.

Unfortunately for Gallardo, there was not much else to celebrate in the inning. The record-setting whiff followed back-to-back solo homers and came amid a three-run outburst for the Marlins.

THE 'K' KORNER
A strikeout of Jarrod Saltamacchia gave Yovani Gallardo the franchise record.
Player Strikeouts From To
Yovani Gallardo 1,207 2007 Current
Ben Sheets 1,206 2001 2008
Teddy Higuera 1,081 1985 1994
Jim Slaton 929 1971 1983
Moose Haas 800 1976 1985

Gallardo, a second-round Draft pick of the Brewers in 2004, logged 200-plus strikeouts every season from 2009 to 2012, the first player in franchise history to top 200 in four straight years. He entered Monday ranked 22nd in Major League history (minimum 1,000 innings) with 8.56 strikeouts per nine innings, sandwiched between Curt Schilling (8.60) and Roger Clemens (8.55).

But Gallardo's strikeout rate has fallen since his prime years, from a career-best 9.9 per nine innings in 2009 to 7.2 last season and 6.6 entering Monday's important start against the Marlins.

"The strikeouts I really don't care about, other than it shows what kind of pitcher he's been for a long time, which is important to me," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's a guy that's been consistent and been able to do the things he's done, and that's important to me."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.