W: Randy Wolf (3-1)
L: Daniel McCutchen (0-2)
PIT HR: None
MIL HR: Prince Fielder (1), Ryan Braun (5), George Kottaras (1), Jim Edmonds (1)
Nope, not a typo. The Brewers had a blast on getaway day, crushing the Pirates pitching for 20 runs. They close out a series sweep in which they outscored the Pirates 36-1. Tom Haudricourt noted that the win was both the biggest margin of victory in a shutout and matching the largest margin of victory, period, in club history.
You just knew it was going to be a good day when Prince Fielder finally broke his homerless drought with a solo shot in the second inning. Ryan Braun followed with a three-run home run the next inning, and the Brewers went on to also score three runs in the 5th and 6th innings. If a Brewers victory was ever in doubt, they did their part to eliminate any chance of a Pirates comeback in the 7th inning, scoring 6 more runs in that frame. Jim Edmonds capped off the scoring in that inning with his first home run as a Brewer.
After so many Brewers drove in runs, perhaps it was fitting that a pitcher -- Manny Parra -- was the one to drive in run #20. On the mound, Parra pitched a scoreless 8th, striking out two. Starter Randy Wolf churned out another good start, throwing 6 scoreless innings, although he did allow 6 hits and walk 3 batters.
Watching the Brewers hasn't been this fun in a long time.
The Brewers have now won 4 in a row, and will hopefully carry this momentum into the Cubs series. The bad news? Doug Davis and Jeff Suppan have to face the Cubs again. The good news? The Brewers get to play the Pirates again after the Cubs series, and at least we know now that the Brewers don't have the worst pitching staff in the majors.