Game #129: Gorzy’s Song Remains the Same

Miller Park | 8:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Jeff Suppan | Box
Tom Gorzelanny fell behind early and couldn’t make it through five innings. The Brewers scored twice in the first – an inning that ended when Prince Fielder was caught stealing. They tagged on another in the fourth on a dinger by Ryan Braun. The fifth inning was the turning point. The Brewers scored three times after two were out to put the game away.
Gorzy was charged with all six runs in 4-2/3. Jeff Suppan was the benefactor of an early lead and an anemic Bucco offense. He gave up four hits and no walks and left after allowing a lead off knock in the 8th. Salomon Torres picked up the save.
As if you all don’t know it already, this team is no good at all right now. Since the trading deadline, the Pirates are 7-15 and are averaging only three runs per game.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Fresh up from Indy, please welcome back Tom Gorzelanny. The erstwhile Bucco ace went 3-1 in seven starts at AAA. His last start with the big club was July 4. And that was against Milwaukee. And he got beat.
His record stands at 6-7. His ERA is an ugly 6.57. He is 3-1 with a 4.29 overall against Milwaukee. The Beer Makers are hitting a collective .297 against Gorzelanny. Ryan Braun (5-11), J.J. Hardy (7-17) and Bill Hall (6-16) each have a homer.
Former Pirate Jeff Suppan chucks it for the Brewers. He is 8-7 with an ERA just a shade under league average for the year. He has won his last three decisions and compiled an ERA of less than 3.00 over his last four outings.
His only 2008 start against the Pirates was ugly. But he escaped without a decision. That was back on July 6.
He is 10-3 with a 4.32 ERA in his career against the Pirates. The only other club against which he has double digits in wins is his current employer. He has not fooled this crop of Bucco batters. They are 40-122 against him all told. Nate McLouth is 6-12 with a pair of dingers and three two-baggers. Adam LaRoche is 6-15 with a homer.

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