Hello again everyone and welcome to the Thursday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. In Tuesday’s game, Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a milestone point of his 15 year career in the majors. In the second bit of news, last night the Brewers (58-74) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (77-55).
Ramirez, 35, hit his career 350th home run on Tuesday night, in a game that he overall went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. The Brewers, who are far out of playoff contention, would go on to win the game as they are playing spoiler in the National League Central.
“That seemed like a playoff game for us,” Ramirez said. “It’s nice to be in the race — or playing the teams that are in the race. We’ll play St. Louis again, Cincinnati again. We have to [look at it like that].” - via Brewers.com
In 1998, Ramirez made his debut with the Pirates, the team he ironically hit his milestone home run against. This season, Ramirez has spent a significant time on the disabled list, but is hitting .269/.361/.432 with eight homers and 35 RBIs.
Last night the Brewers were blown out by the Pirates 7-1. Tom Gorzelanny made the start for Milwaukee and was hit pretty hard, receiving his sixth loss. Gorzelanny lasted 5 1/3 innings while surrendering four runs on nine hits, one walk and struck out five. Reliever Burke Badenhop gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched.
For the Bucs, Charlie Morton made the start and pitched well, picking up his sixth win. Morton went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one unearned run on five hits, three walks and struck out two. The Pirates’ offense was helped out by the newly acquired Marlon Byrd who went 1-for-4 with three RBIs.
Offensively, the Brewers’ only run came in the seventh inning when Scooter Gennett scored on a throwing error by Pirates’ catcher Russell Martin. Center fielder Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 and stole a base, his 31st on the season.
Tonight the teams play in the rubber match of the series at 7:05 p.m. ET / 6:05 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Yovani Gallardo (9-9, 4.61 ERA) for Milwaukee and Gerrit Cole (6-6, 3.81 ERA) for Pittsburgh.