Brewers 7, Pirates 0 Recap

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 26: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on August 26, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Win: Mark Rogers (2-1)
Loss: Erik Bedard (7-14)

HR: Gomez (13), Ramirez (18)

MVP: Carlos Gomez (.302 WPA)
LVP: Norichika Aoki (-.041 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Chart

Mark Rogers may not have been efficient, but he sure got the job done today. Rogers gave up just three hits (and three walks) in five shutout innings. He also struck out five hitters, but threw 101 pitches. Rogers also doubled at the plate and scored a run. All in all, not a bad day for the right hander.

The Brewers bullpen did the rest of the work in the shoutout. Manny Parra allowed two hits in two innings while Jose Veras struck out the side in the eighth inning. Kameron Loe gave up a walk, but finished off the ninth without a run scoring.

The Brewers offense relied on the long ball for most of their runs. First, Carlos Gomez hit a three run home run in the fourth inning, scoring Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy, both of whom had singled. The next inning, Rickie Weeks drove in Rogers who, after his double, advanced to third on a groundout. Aramis Ramirez would then hit his 18th home run of the season, scoring Weeks in the process.

That would end the night of Erik Bedard, who left after 4.2 innings having given up six runs on six hits and two walks. The Brewers would score one more run in the sixth inning as Jean Segura tripled, then scored on a Norichika Aoki sacrifice fly.

Jonathan Lucroy had a great game at the plate for the Brewers, going 3-3 and drawing a walk. Corey Hart also picked up a couple of hits while Rickie Weeks walked once and singled once. Still, the Brewers were powered by the home run. With Milwaukee hitting two homers and the Cincinnati Reds not going deep in their game against St. Louis today, the Brewers now lead the National League in home runs, with 150 dingers.

The Brewers head to Wrigley Field tomorrow for a series against the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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