On Saturday night, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Karstens pitched seven-plus innings as the Pirates shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0. Not to be outdone, the Brewers returned the favor yesterday in a 7-0 shutout of the Pirates behind five scoreless innings from starter Mark Rogers and scoreless relief from three members of the bullpen.
This was the second time this season that the Brewers have shut out their opponent after being shut out in the previous contest. The other time it happened was on June 5, when the Cubs held the Brewers scoreless in a 10-0 win and the Brewers won the next game with an 8-0 shutout of the Cubs.
The Brewers have been shut out in 10 games this season, making them one of 10 teams that have been shut out 10 or more times this season. Leading the way are the Oakland A’s, who have been shut out 15 times. At the other end are the Detroit Tigers, who have been shut out only once in 2012. In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds have been held scoreless in only two games.
The Brewers have, however, been able to bounce back pretty well after being shut out. They are one of nine teams that have won 60 percent or more of their games this year after being shut out in the previous game.
Following are each team's records in games after being shut out.
Record in Games After Being Shut Out (Win Pct.), Team(s)
5-0 (1.000): Kansas City
2-0 (1.000): Cincinnati
1-0 (1.000): Detroit
5-1 (.833): Toronto
4-2 (.667): San Francisco
5-3 (.625): Arizona
6-4 (.600): Milwaukee
7-5 (.583): L.A. Angels
8-6 (.571): Miami
4-3 (.571): St. Louis
5-4 (.556): Pittsburgh
8-7 (.533): Oakland
4-4 (.500): Minnesota
3-3 (.500): Cleveland
5-6 (.455): Seattle
4-5 (.444): Chicago White Sox
3-4 (.429): Tampa Bay
3-5 (.375): N.Y. Mets
4-8 (.333): Houston
2-6 (.333): Baltimore
1-2 (.333): Texas
1-5 (.167): Colorado
The 10 shutouts this season are the 21st time in club history that the Brewers have reached double-figures in shutouts. The team record is 20, which was set in 1972. They were shut out 16 times in 2004. In 1982, the last time the Brewers appeared in the World Series, the team was shut out only once. They were also only shut out once in 1979.
One final stat: You’ll have to excuse recently released pitcher Randy Wolf if he mentions that the team didn’t always give him the offensive support he needed to win games. In three seasons with the Brewers (2010-2012), Wolf was the losing pitcher in nine games where the Brewers did not score a run. Since 2010, the Brewers have been shut out 36 times, meaning that Wolf was the losing pitcher in a quarter of the games when the team did not score a run.
Here’s a rundown of the Brewers pitchers since 2000 who were the losing pitcher in games when the team was shut out.
Games as Losing Pitcher When Team Was Shut Out, Pitcher(s)
9: Randy Wolf
7: Dave Bush
6: Jeff Suppan, Doug Davis
5: Yovani Gallardo, Chris Narveson, Wes Obermueller, Victor Santos, Jamey Wright, Jimmy Haynes
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