Brewers blast Bucs again, 17-3
Yovani Gallardo did it all in Milwaukee’s latest blowout of the
Gallardo pitched six strong innings and drove in three runs,
Gregg Zaun matched career highs with four hits and five RBIs, and
the Brewers extended their mastery of Pittsburgh with a 17-3
victory Monday night.
The Brewers have outscored the Pirates 53-4 in their last four
meetings, including a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh last week
during which Milwaukee outscored the Pirates 36-1, including a 20-0
rout on Thursday.
“I just got off a weekend where we were on the other end of
that,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said, referencing the Chicago
Cubs’ three-game sweep of the Brewers. “We respect every team we
play. It’s just how teams kind of match up against each
It was the seventh straight defeat for Pittsburgh. The Pirates
have lost to the Brewers 22 straight times at Miller Park and are
12-37 against Milwaukee overall since 2007.
The Brewers’ home winning streak against Pittsburgh is the
longest by one team over another since the Indians beat the St.
Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles 27 consecutive times from
“I can’t explain it,” Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke said.
The Pirates held a 30-minute, closed-door meeting after the
“At some point it’s got to turn around,” Manager John Russell
said. “It’s a young team, and they need to decide when they want to
do that. It’s not just Milwaukee — everyone’s kicking us
Casey McGehee hit a grand slam in a nine-run eighth that also
included a two-run homer by Alcides Escobar and a two-run double by
Gallardo (2-2) gave up two runs (none earned) and five hits in
six innings. He struck out four and walked three.
Duke (2-2) allowed eight earned runs and nine hits in four
innings. Milwaukee tallied 17 hits in all.
“We have to find a way to beat the Cubs. Those guys and St.
Louis are the teams that everybody is picking to finish ahead of
us. So if we want to be playing in October, we have got to figure
out a way to beat them,” Zaun said. “But that doesn’t take away
from the fact that we’ve played some really good baseball against
Pittsburgh, and if we want to play meaningful baseball later on in
the season, we have got to continue doing what we’re doing against
The Brewers were looking to rebound after Chicago outscored them
25-4 in three games last weekend. They had their ace on the mound,
and at the plate, to do it.
Gallardo was 0 for 8 on the season and a career .183 hitter, but
he has some pop: His four career home runs are the most by a
pitcher in Brewers history.
He showed some pop in the second with a two-out double to score
McGehee and Zaun, who had walked, to make it 2-0.
“At least I have a batting average now,” Gallardo said. “I just
wanted to help myself out. It’s a great feeling to go up there and
get a hit.”
The Brewers sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs in
the third, including a three-run double by Zaun, who was batting
.157 coming into the game, and an RBI single by Gallardo.
“Six walks. I just couldn’t get anybody out when I needed to,”
Duke said. “It’s frustrating. It’s only 19 games into the season,
but we’ve been through a lot of adversity already.”
Milwaukee sent 12 batters to the plate in the nine-run eighth,
which McGehee capped with his second career slam.
Zaun was just as happy as Gallardo to find success at the
“It wasn’t one of those things where I was wondering, ‘Am I ever
going to get a hit again?’ I knew why I wasn’t getting hits,” Zaun
said. “It was plain to see. I was really jumping at the pitcher,
and a lot of that had to do with trying to do too much. I was
swinging at a lot of bad pitches early in the season, making really
Zaun also had a bizarre night behind the plate. Three times in
the first inning he threw wildly past Gallardo, and infielders had
to retrieve the ball each time. On his next accurate throw, he drew
a mock cheer from the crowd.
There was a scary moment in the fourth when Escobar’s bat
shattered after he grounded out, and the sharp barrel flew into the
stands and struck a boy in the head.
A Brewers spokesman said the boy was checked out at first aid
and was fine.
NOTES: Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said the team
will call up RHP Jeff Karstens from Triple-A Indianapolis to start
Tuesday night. OF John Raynor will be designated for assignment.
… Zaun has had four hits and five RBIs three times each in his
career. … Jeff Suppan, demoted from Milwaukee’s starting rotation
Sunday, pitched the ninth in his first relief appearance since Aug.
26, 2003, with Boston.