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20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with
gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers outscored the Pirates 36-1 in their three-game series.

I only managed to catch the end of this debacle, but the two things of note I saw:

  • The Pirates played the infield in with runners on base in the ninth, trailing 16-0. Jon Heyman had the line of the day on that one, noting that “you never want
    that 17th run coming home!”

  • The Brewers brought in Trevor Hoffman to pitch the ninth with a 20-0 lead. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that he’s never had a bigger cushion (UPDATE: yep, this was his biggest cushion*). And no, don’t jump on the Brew Crew for bringing him in. He hadn’t pitched in a week, so this was just a workout for him.

I’d go through the box score and pass on the highs and lows, but this one was just too ugly for words.

*Thanks to Matthew Pouliot — whose Baseaball-Reference Play Index-fu is vastly superior to my own.

  1. Drew - Apr 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Maybe they just want to seem like a gutsy team with a brilliant manager at the end of the year or something like that, because if they keep losing blowouts like these, they’re absolutely going to outperform their pythagorean record. It would be awfully hard not to.

  2. carlos - Apr 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    when does the entire pirates organization get designated for assignment?

  3. Iam - Apr 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Lets hope the Brewers keep this going for the cubs this weekend!

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