Tom Gorzelanny had a solid start to the season in the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. The results have been mixed since he joined the Brewers starting rotation.
Last night, Gorzelanny worked just 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4-runs on 9-hits as the Brewers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 at PNC Park.
Marlon Byrd, who joined the Pirates in a trade with the New York Mets, clubbed a 3-run homer in the 7th to give the Pirates plenty of breathing room. He also made life difficult on Gorzelanny in the earlier with a 14-pitch battle that lasted more than 5-minutes. Byrd eventually struck out.
The Pirates also got three hits from Josh Harrison and 2-hits each from Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez, as they pulled to within 1/2 game of the front running St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. St. Louis lost to Cincinnati.
Carlos Gomez had two of Milwaukee’s seven hits, but the Brewers only managed 7-hits against Charlie Morton (6-3). Morton entered the game 0-4 against the Brewers lifetime, but gave up only an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings of work.
The rubber match of the series is tonight. Yovani Gallardo (9-9, 4.61) pitches for the Brewers. Gerrit Cole (6-6, 3.81) goes for the Pirates.