Milwaukee-Pittsburgh: Brewers Sweep Pirates, Set Records Along The Ride

Jim OxleyContributor IApril 22, 2010

CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, wearing a number 42 jersey in honor of Jackie Robinson, takes a swing against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 15, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 8-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Brewers beat the Pirates 20 to 0 (yes 20) Thursday to complete the sweep against Pittsburgh.


The win Thursday tied the Brewer team record for largest margin of victory, and is a Brewer record for the largest shutout victory in team history.


The Brewers also set a club record by leading by eight runs in four straight games, going back to the final game of the Nationals series.


This three game series against the Pirates was an offensive explosion for the Brewers.


In the series Milwaukee outscored Pittsburgh 36-1. The Crew amassed 46 hits, which included 25 extra-base hits (eight home runs).


Several Brewers saw huge production during this series.


Ryan Braun went 7-11, hitting two home runs and collecting eight RBI's.


Prince Fielder ended a 15 at-bat streak without a hit and finally hit his first home run of the season.


Alcides Escobar had arguably the best series of his young career, going 6-14 which included back-to-back triples.


Pitching was also big for the Brewers, as all three starters threw shutouts, the lone run coming from relief pitching.


The Brewers starters (Dave Bush, Yovani Gallardo, and Randy Wolf) threw a combined 18 shutout innings. Currently the Brewers have gone 19 innings without surrendering a run.


This series sweep allowed the Brewers to get back above .500, improving their record to 8-7. 


The momentum gained in Pittsburgh is vital as the Brewers return home for a series against the rival Cubs.