MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers belted a season-high five homers last night, as they crushed Pittsburgh 10-4 at Miller Park.
Jean Segura fell a double short of the cycle, as he joined Carlos Gomez, Yovani Gallardo, Yuniesky Betancourt, and Norichika Aoki in the Brewers' home run parade. Segura, Gomez, and Martin Maldonado also tripled - the first game since 1996 in which the Brewers hit a trio of three-baggers. Segura has the National League's second-highest batting average at 364.
The Pirates struck first on an RBI ground-out by Andrew McCutchen. Milwaukee scored five in the bottom of the first inning, and never looked back. Gallardo went a season-high seven frames, giving up a pair of runs - one earned - on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He's now 3-and-1 on the year, and 10-and-1 lifetime against Pittsburgh. Gallardo struggled early, but then retired 13 straight. Wandy Rodriguez took the loss, giving up seven runs in three-and-two-thirds innings. He's now 2-and-1.
Miller Park continues to be a house of horrors for Pittsburgh, as the Brewers improved to 45-7 over the Pirates at home since 2007. But the Pirates continues to lead the National League Central at 15-11, a half-game over Saint Louis and Cincinnati. Fourth-place Milwaukee moved to within just one game of the lead - and the Crew can tie the Pirates with a victory tonight. Brewers' right-hander Marco Estrada will face righty James McDonald.
Former Pirates' starter Tom Gorzelanny is settling nicely into his new role as a set-up man in the Milwaukee bullpen. He's been in 13 games so far - tied with Michael Gonzalez for the most relief appearances on the team. Gorzelanny has a solid E-R-A of one-point-six-nine. And the veteran left-hander leads the Brewers with an opponents' batting average of point-oh-nine-one. He also has the team's best "WHIP" ratio with 84-hundredths walks-and-hits per innings pitched. Last year, Gorzelanny was a long reliever for the Washington Nationals. He went 4-and-2 in that role - but he said it wasn't for him because he played in fewer games, and he never knew when he was going to pitch. This year, Gorzelanny has become a one-inning specialist in either the seventh-or-eighth - and he says he likes being called on in tight situations. He has not been scored upon in 11-of-his-13 outings. Gorzelanny signed a two-year contract with Milwaukee in the off-season. He says he's not worried about numbers, and his only goals are to quote, "stay healthy and do the best I can."
Ex-Brewer Cody Ransom joined Scott Hairston in hitting back-to-back homers for the Chicago Cubs last night, in a 5-to-3 win over San Diego at Wrigley Field. The 37-year-old Ransom finished last season with Milwaukee, after being traded from Arizona. He batted .196 in 64 games for the Crew. The Cubs are Ransom's second team this season, after playing his first five games with the Padres. Meanwhile, former Brewers' starter Shaun Marcum is now 0-2 for the New York Mets. He gave up two runs in three innings of relief, as the Mets fell at Miami 4-to-3 in 15. Marcum joined the Mets as a free-agent last winter, and has played in just two games - one as a starter.