And we thought the Cubs owned Pittsburgh. The Brewers have taken 6 out of 7 from the increasingly sad sack Pirates.
The new Gorzo looked a lot like the old Gorzo. He went 4-2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out a trio. He threw 94 pitches, just 52 for strikes. It was all the Brew Crew needed, hanging another loss on Pittsburgh, this time 6-3.
Jeff Suppan didn't run into very much resistance from the Bucs, facing a lineup that hasn't produced even when Ryan Doumit and Nate McLouth were in the lineup, which they weren't tonight. Doumit should be back tomorrow, McLouth won't be.
And to add a little salt to the wound, Solly Torres picked up his 25th save against his former teammates. He's 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA. Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts, where are you?
It gets better. The Pirates face CC Sabathia, Ted Lilly, and Carlos Zambrano next.
On the minor league front: Indy beat Durham 6-3 tonight. LHP Corey Hamman (4-3, 5.03 ERA) got the win, going 5-1/3 and giving up six hits, 2 earned runs, walking one and striking out six. RHP Evan Meek (2.61 ERA) pitched the last two frames, striking out three and earning his second save.
Durham starter and hot Tampa Bay prospect David Price went four innings and gave up two runs. He wasn't involved in the decision.
SS Luis Cruz (.322) had three hits, including a double and his first homer, with 2 RBI and runs scored. LF Chris Duffy (.333) had two hits, two stolen bases, and an RBI. 2B Brian Bixler (.285) went 2-4 with a double, stolen sack, and tally. RF Matt Kata (.245) added a pair of hits.
> Altoona won 5-2 behind RHP Yoslan Herrera (6-9, 3.41 ERA). He went 6-2/3 innings, yielding two runs on three hits, with a walk and three K's. RHP Juan Mateo (2.32 ERA) notched his fourth save, going the last 2-1/3 frames giving up a hit and striking out four.
1B Jamie Romak (.229) went 2-3 with a walk and his 7th HR, driving in two and scoring once. RF James Boone (.227) had two hits, including his 9th homer, a solo shot. 3B Jason Bowers (.253) went 2-3 with a double and run. 2B Shelby Ford (.281) had a pair of hits, including a triple, and swiped a sack. CF Jose Tabata (.274) had a hit, walk, and stolen base.
> Lynchburg romped, 13-5. RHP Matt McSwain (1-2, 6.16 ERA) went five innings, giving up three hits, and two runs, with a pair of walks and strike outs.
LF Jared Keel (.235) hit two home runs, his 17th & 18th, drove in three and scored the same. They also walked him twice.
SS Brian Friday (.296) had three hits, a double, scored a run and drove home two. 2B Jose De Los Santos (.233) had two hits, including a triple, and a walk, scoring once and collecting an RBI.
> Hickory gave up the game's only scores in the eighth, losing 2-0. RHP Rafael De Los Santos (5.73 ERA) went five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out eight.
1B Tom Hagan (.273) had three hits and SS Silvio Pena (.264) had a pair, including a double. The Crawdads didn't help their own cause, being thrown out three times trying to steal in three attempts.
> State College ended an 11 game slide with a 2-1 win tonight. It was also its seventh straight one-run game.
RHP Carlos Amaro (1-1, 2.38 ERA) went five scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits with a K. He was sent down from Hickory, where he was in the bullpen, to join the Spike rotation. RHP Alan Knotts (3.62) went 1-2/3 innings for his first save.
DH Kyle Morgan (.198) had three hits and an RBI. 1B Jeremy Farrell (.306) went 2-4 with a run and stolen base, and 3B Matt Payne (.273) had two hits, a run, and stole a base.
> Bradenton won 3-1 in a Fay shortened, six inning game. The baby Bucs only had one hit, but rode four walks and two errors to the win. 1B Carlos Silva (.319) had the sole GCL Pirate knock, a ground ball single that drove home the winning runs.