Brewers routed in Pittsburgh 7-1
Tom Gorzelanny may have pitched himself out of the Milwaukee Brewers’ rotation, after the Crew lost at Pittsburgh 7-1 last night. Gorzelanny gave up four runs on nine hits in five-and-a-third innings. His record fell to 3-and-6 overall, and 2-and-5 in 10 starts after he began the year in the bullpen. He has an E-R-A of over 10 in his last three outings. Manager Ron Roenicke says he and general manager Doug Melvin want to see a couple of young starters next month – and they’ll decide soon whether to send Gorzelanny back to the bullpen. The skipper says he wants to see more of Tyler Thornburg and Johnny Hellweg, who will return to the Brewers after his final start tomorrow at Triple-“A” Nashville.
Milwaukee’s only run last night came in the seventh inning. Scooter Gennett scored when Pirates’ catcher Russell Martin made a throwing error while trying to pick off Yuniesky Betancourt at first base. It was Pittsburgh’s first error since August 20th. Marlon Byrd made his Pirates’ debut by hitting a three-run homer off Burke Badenhop. Byrd came over in a trade on Tuesday from the New York Mets. Charlie Morton got the win, giving up one unearned run in six-and-two-thirds innings. He’s now 6-and-3. The Pirates ended a three-game losing streak and moved to within a half-game of first-place Saint Louis in the National League Central. Milwaukee loss was only the second in their last five games. The Brewers and Pirates will wrap up their series tonight at P-N-C Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole.