Miller Park | 2:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Ben Sheets | Box
Bill Hall has been in a season long slump. He had his first three hit game in over a month and his first three RBI game in over two months. Ben Sheets didn’t look great but was more than adequate.
Hall provided all the offense the Brewers would need with a two run homer in the second. He also drove in a run in the decisive five run fifth inning that busted the game wide open. J.J. Hardy started the fifth inning barrage with a two run dinger. He has hit in 16 straight games.
Tom Gorzelanny was hit like a slow pitch softball pitcher. He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. The Beer Makers had eleven hits and four walks to score eight runs (seven earned). Sheets went 5-2/3 and gave up eight hits and a run. Four of those hits were doubles, yet the Pirates were unable to put together a big inning. Carlos Villanueva tossed 3-1/3 IP of strong relief to get his second career save.
Hitting out of the lead off spot for the fifth time all year, Jack Wilson collected a pair of hits. Chris Gomez played second base and hit ninth. Seems like Jack should be spending time near the top of the order (he is hitting .356 when hitting second) and Freddy Sanchez should be dropped lower. Sanchez is hitting .250 out of the lead off position and just .221 hitting second.
Matinee ball on the Fourth of July.
Ben Sheets is threatening to finally have the big year that everyone figured he was capable of. Sheets has a 9-2 mark and his ERA is under 3.00. He beat the Pirates on May 21 with an ugly complete game, 11 hitter.
Despite a 2.97 career ERA against Pittsburgh, Sheets W-L record against the Pirates is just 7-8. Xavier Nady has given Sheets the fits. He is 9-17 with three homers and nine runs knocked in. Ryan Doumit is 3-8 with a pair of solo jacks.
Compare and contrast Tom Gorzelanny. After winning 14 last year (two better than Sheets’ career best), Gorzy has struggled this year. He has managed to win six games despite an ERA over 6.00. If there is good news it is that Gorzy’s ERA fell by a full run in the month of June.
He beat the Brewers on May 22 by giving up two runs in five innings. Gorzy is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA in his career vs. Milwaukee.
Brewer hitters are collectively hitting .263 against Gorzelanny. Only Ryan Braun is above .500 – 4-9 with a homer – among Brewer hitters with more than two at bats against Gorzy.