Ryan Braun, Jim Edmonds and the Milwaukee Brewers went totally batty.
The Brew Crew piled up 25 hits Thursday and trounced Pittsburgh 20-0, handing the Pirates the most-lopsided loss in their 124-year history.
“It was fun and it was special,” said Braun, who homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs. “This game is really so much about failure, particularly as a hitter, that you rarely get a day where everyone is enjoying so much success at the same time.
“I’ve never been involved in a game like this and I likely never will be again. So, I enjoyed it and I’ll savor it. It’s one to remember,” he said.
Milwaukee matched a club mark for margin of victory and set a record for its biggest shutout win.
Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season while Edmonds and George Kottaras also connected – they were among 10 Brewers with an RBI. Milwaukee finished with 12 extra-base hits.
Milwaukee led 10-0 after five innings then scored six runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth.
The rout came a day after the Brewers beat up Pittsburgh 8-0.
Edmonds doubled twice and singled. Rickie Weeks doubled twice, singled and scored four times.
“Now that was something else,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has hairline fractures in four ribs and it’s uncertain when he’ll be able to return.
Ellsbury has been out since April 11, when he collided with third baseman Adrian Beltre in Kansas City. He would have been eligible to come off the DL Tuesday.
Phillies’ Happ to DL
The Philadelphia Phillies placed left-hander J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm, leaving the team with two injured starting pitchers.
The Phillies activated lefty reliever J.C. Romero.
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