Today In Brewer History: Gallardo trots home with a record

Scott Boehm

The greatest power-hitting pitcher in Brewer history claimed his throne two years ago today.

On this day in 2011 the Brewers powered past the Astros 14-7 to improve to 10-9 on the season. Three Brewers homered in the game: Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, the pitcher.

Gallardo's homer came against Nelson Figueroa in the fourth inning and expanded the Brewer lead to 5-3. It was Gallardo's ninth career home run, moving him into sole possession of first place on the Brewer all-time list for pitchers. He's since added two more to open up the lead a bit:

Pitcher Season(s) HR
Yovani Gallardo 2007-13 11
Brooks Kieschnick 2003-04 8
Scott Karl and three others Various 2

It's worth noting, of course, that the Brewers have still played the majority of their major league games as a member of the DH-era American League. With that said, Gallardo's franchise-record eleven home runs are tied for the 44th-most ever for a major league pitcher. With his next longball he'll tie longtime Milwaukee Brave Lew Burdette for 41st.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

Today is also the third anniversary of one of the most lopsided games in franchise history, a 20-0 win over the Pirates in 2010. We covered that event in this space two years ago.
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