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Edmonds, Braun team up to help Brewers destroy Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun, Jim Edmonds and the Milwaukee Brewers went totally batty.

The Brew Crew piled up 25 hits Thursday and trounced Pittsburgh 20-0, handing the Pirates the most-lopsided loss in their 124-year history.

"It was fun and it was special," said Braun, who homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs. "This game is really so much about failure, particularly as a hitter, that you rarely get a day where everyone is enjoying so much success at the same time."

"I've never been involved in a game like this and I likely never will be again. So, I enjoyed it and I'll savor it. It's one to remember," he said.

Milwaukee matched a club mark for margin of victory and set a record for its biggest shutout win.

Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season while Edmonds and George Kottaras also connected -- they were among 10 Brewers with an RBI. Milwaukee finished with 12 extra-base hits.

Milwaukee led 10-0 after five innings then scored six runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth. The rout came a day after the Brewers beat up Pittsburgh 8-0.

Edmonds doubled twice and singled. Rickie Weeks doubled twice, singled and scored four times.

"Now that was something else," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.

Randy Wolf (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings and three relievers finished up. The Brewers won their fourth in a row and gave Pittsburgh its third straight loss.

Daniel McCutchen (0-2) was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Remarkably, his ERA stayed the same as it was entering the game, 14.73.

"Lots of times, it felt like I was throwing batting practice to them," McCutchen said.

The Brewers also won by 20 in 1992 when they beat Toronto 22-2. The Pirates' previous one-sided loss was by 18 runs, done twice.

Milwaukee swept the three-game series and outscored the Pirates 36-1. Pittsburgh has lost eight times this season, by at least six runs each time and 85-13 overall.

According to STATS LLC, it was the fifth most-lopsided shutout in modern major league history, which began in 1900. The Indians beat the Yankees 22-0 in 2004 and the Pirates beat the Cubs by the same score in 1975. The 35-run differential in a three-game series tied for the third largest; the largest was 40 runs (50-10) by the Superbas, now the Dodgers, over the Reds in 1901.

"They came in and kicked our butt," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "Whoever comes in is going to do that if we don't pitch well. We need to learn from this game. We don't want to do this anymore."

Braun hit a three-run homer to end a nine-pitch at-bat in the third inning to push Milwaukee's lead to 4-0 and added a two-run double. Fielder took a while to hit a home run -- he tied for second in the NL last year with 46.

Wolf allowed six hits and improved his career record against Pittsburgh to 8-1. Claudio Vargas, Manny Parra and Trevor Hoffman each pitched one inning.

Fielder started the scoring with his solo home run to center field in the second inning and Braun's drive in the third made it 4-0.

Fielder hit a two-run single in the fourth off D.J. Carrasco. An inning later, Kottaras homered and Braun doubled for a 10-0 cushion.

Edmonds' homer highlighted a six-run seventh off Joel Hanrahan and closer Octavio Dotel gave up four runs in the ninth.

"Games like these are awkward," Edmonds said. "You don't want to keep piling on the runs but you also have to respect the game and keep playing. It was just a day where everything went right for us and everything went wrong for them."

Notes

  • Fielder is playing with a sore left hand, the result of getting jammed by a number of inside pitches in recent days, according to Macha.
  • Pittsburgh 3B Andy LaRoche (back spasms) missed his fifth straight game. Russell is hopeful he can play Friday night at Houston.
  • Milwaukee is 37-12 against the Pirates over the last four seasons.
 
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Ryan Braun drives in five as Milwaukee sets a record for its biggest shutout win. (AP)
Ryan Braun drives in five as Milwaukee sets a record for its biggest shutout win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Milwaukee

J. Edmonds
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B7431012 .339
Carlos Gomez, CF5320212 .262
Ryan Braun, LF4335100 .417
    Jody Gerut, LF1001111 .182
Prince Fielder, 1B4123114 .246
    Claudio Vargas, P1000011 .000
    Manny Parra, P10110001.000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Casey McGehee, 3B4011011 .368
    Craig Counsell, 3B3222003 .250
Jim Edmonds, RF-1B6243012 .341
George Kottaras, C4122103 .250
Alcides Escobar, SS6121003 .300
Randy Wolf, P3220001 .400
   a- Joe Inglett, PH-RF3110012 .286
Totals5220252068  
a-tripled for Wolf in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks 2 (5, Carrasco, Hanrahan), Carlos Gomez (3, D. McCutchen), Ryan Braun (4, Carrasco), Jim Edmonds 2 (7, D. McCutchen, Dotel), George Kottaras (1, Hanrahan)
3B - Joe Inglett (2, Hanrahan)
HR - Ryan Braun (5, D. McCutchen), Prince Fielder (1, D. McCutchen), Jim Edmonds (1, Hanrahan), George Kottaras (1, Carrasco)
SF - George Kottaras (2)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (12), Ryan Braun 5 (20), Jody Gerut (4), Prince Fielder 3 (7), Manny Parra (1), Casey McGehee (14), Craig Counsell 2 (6), Jim Edmonds 3 (5), George Kottaras 2 (5), Alcides Escobar (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (9), Jody Gerut (1), Prince Fielder 2 (3), Manny Parra (1), Casey McGehee (4)
SB - Carlos Gomez (5, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/Doumit), Ryan Braun (4, 3rd base off Carrasco/Doumit)
Team LOB - 12
Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Wolf (W,2-1) 6600330 3.70
Claudio Vargas 1100020 8.44
Manny Parra 1100020 0.00
Trevor Hoffman 1000000 10.50
WP - Randy Wolf (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 98-60, Claudio Vargas 20-13, Manny Parra 17-10, Trevor Hoffman 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 8-6, Manny Parra 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Claudio Vargas 4, Manny Parra 4, Trevor Hoffman 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4010011 .218
   a- Argenis Diaz, PH1000000 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010002 .271
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Lastings Milledge, LF3010112 .254
Garrett Jones, 1B2010211 .220
Ryan Church, RF4010025 .400
Ryan Doumit, C3010001 .222
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    John Raynor, CF1000011 .250
Delwyn Young, 3B4010003 .233
Daniel McCutchen, P1000002 .200
    D.J. Carrasco, P1000001 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Jaramillo, PH-C2000001 .273
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010011 .275
Totals3408037  
a-flied out for Iwamura in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lopez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Delwyn Young (4, Wolf), Ronny Cedeno (3, Wolf)
SB - Garrett Jones (2, 2nd base off Wolf/Kottaras)
CS - Lastings Milledge (1, 2nd base by Wolf/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Akinori Iwamura (3, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Daniel McCutchen (L,0-2) 3.2866122 14.73
D.J. Carrasco 1644111 7.15
Javier Lopez 1.1000110 3.38
Joel Hanrahan 1666111 15.75
Brendan Donnelly 1000120 2.57
Octavio Dotel 1542110 7.71
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel McCutchen 83-55, D.J. Carrasco 36-20, Javier Lopez 22-13, Joel Hanrahan 37-23, Brendan Donnelly 20-11, Octavio Dotel 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel McCutchen 5-4, D.J. Carrasco 2-0, Javier Lopez 1-2, Octavio Dotel 2-1
Batters Faced - Daniel McCutchen 20, D.J. Carrasco 10, Javier Lopez 5, Joel Hanrahan 10, Brendan Donnelly 4, Octavio Dotel 10
Game Information
Attendance - 13634
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters