Miller Park | 2:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Jeff Suppan | Box
Tom Gorzelanny was laboring and the Brewers bled him dry. Gorzo faced 22 men and tossed 105 pitches, nearly five per hitter. He was knocked out after five innings, but got a no decision.
The Brewers took the lead for good off of Franquelis Osoria. Bill Hall drove in a run in the fifth and Prince Fielder bopped a two run dinger in the next frame to put the Brewers up by the deciding margin.
Jeff Suppan wasn’t on, but the Pirates were unable to hit in clutch situations. He gave up nine hits in five innings. The bullpen contributed four shutout innings to the cause.
Ryan Braun will win ROY for the NL unless he goes ofer the rest of the year.
Nate McLouth started in LF and homered. Freddy Sanchez had two hits, as did Cesar Izturis. Nyjer Morgan led off and played CF and had a hit in five trips to the plate.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports
Bring on the ace to stop the skid. Tom Gorzelanny looks for his 14th win against a Brewers club that he has had some success against this season. He has beaten the Brewers twice this season – once in Milwaukee and once in Pittsburgh. For his career he has a 2.49 ERA in 21-2/3 IP against the Beermeisters. His only Miller Park appearance was the aforementioned 2007 W. He lasted seven innings and gave up two runs back on May 3rd.
The only Brewer with more than two career knocks off Gorzo is Kevin Mench (3-9). Both Corey Hart and Geoff Jenkins have homered off him.
The Brewers will throw former Pirate and almost Pirate-retread Jeff Suppan. He hasn’t won since before the All-Star break, though his ERA is lower in the second half than it was in the first half. He is 2-0 in three starts against the Bucs this season and 9-3 with a 3.97 ERA for his career. Interestingly enough, the only team he has beaten more in his career than Pittsburgh is Milwaukee. For his career in Miller Park he is 10-3 with a 3.11 ERA.
Of the Buccos, Adam LaRoche (5-11), Nate McLouth (4-7) and Ronny Paulino (4-8) have hit him well. Jason Bay (4-31 with 8 whiffs), Freddy Sanchez (3-15) and Jose Castillo (1-14) have struggled.
Saturday Night Thoughts
Not sure if Clay Buchholz will wind up like Bud Smith or Nolan Ryan. Probably somewhere in between. Congrats to him.
The potato incident is a great one. I recall when this happened and was floored. Thanks to Jeff Passan for writing on it.
Not much to say about my beloved Fighting Irish. They looked terrible and I wasn’t too surprised. Charlie Weis is going to need to build a defense. Lou Holtz’ clubs were marked by a strong D and I long for those days. Six wins would be a good year for the Domers.
Though I was raised and now live again in Ohio, I don’t hate the Maize and Blue as much as Ohio State fans do. Still, I was pleased (and shocked) about Appalachian State’s win.