Brewers enjoy record-breaking day

Brewers enjoy record-breaking day

PITTSBURGH -- Sorry Trevor Hoffman, this was not a save situation.

Hoffman needed the work on Thursday after sitting idle for exactly one week, and perhaps it was fitting to see him throw the final pitch of a 20-0 win over the Pirates that capped a wild week at PNC Park. Here are some of the records, highlights and statistical oddities:

• The Brewers outscored the Pirates in the series by a whopping 36-1 margin. It was the largest run differential in a three-game series since Detroit handled Minnesota, 45-10, in a sweep from April 23-25, 1993. The Tigers won those games by scores of 12-4, 17-1 and 16-5 as part of a prolific opening month that also included a 20-4 win over the A's and a 20-3 win over the Mariners.

• The Brewers' combined 35-run margin in their three games at PNC Park was the largest by a National League team in a three-game series in 109 years -- since the Brooklyn Dodgers posted wins by scores of 25-6, 16-2 and 9-2 over the Reds at League Park in Cincinnati in 1901.

• Thursday's series finale was the first 20-0 game in Major League history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, but it didn't quite set the record for the most lopsided shutout. Here are the top four games on that list, since 1900:

Cleveland Indians 22, New York Yankees 0, Aug. 31, 2004
Pittsburgh Pirates 22, Chicago Cubs 0, Sept. 16, 1975
New York Yankees 21, Philadelphia A's 0, Aug. 13, 1939
Detroit Tigers 21, Cleveland Indians 0, Sept. 15, 1901

• The Brewers tacked on two runs in the ninth inning to hand the Pirates their most lopsided loss in 124 years as a franchise. The previous record was 18 runs, and that happened twice: A 19-1 loss to the Reds on July 14, 1995 and an 18-0 loss to the Phillies on July 11, 1910.

• It was the worst series loss by the Pirates in 10 seasons at PNC Park. The previous mark belonged to the Reds, who outscored the Pirates last season, 26-7 in 2009. Before Thursday, the Pirates' worst individual loss at PNC Park came against the Astros, 13-1, on Aug. 27, 2006.

• Not surprisingly, it was also the most lopsided series win in Brewers history. They had outscored opponents in a series by 29 runs on two previous occasions: On April 7-9 against the Orioles and on Sept. 17-19 against the Yankees.

• Including Sunday's 11-7 win at Washington, the Brewers have had at least an eight-run lead in four straight games, another franchise record. They built eight-run leads in the first three games of the 1978 season against the Orioles.

• Thursday's 20-0 rout matched the Brewers' largest margin of victory in 42 seasons as a franchise. The previous standard was a 22-2 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto on Aug. 29, 1992. The Brewers had a franchise-record 31 hits in that game, six more than Thursday's output.

• It was the largest shutout win in Brewers history. That record was set on April 16, 1990 -- Patriots Day in Boston -- when the Brewers beat up Mike Boddicker and the Red Sox, 18-0. Three days later, those Brewers beat Mike Witt and the Rangers by a more pedestrian score of 11-0.

• Lost amid the offense was a trio of stellar starts for the Brewers, who had not held an opponent to fewer than four runs in any of their first 12 games this season. Dave Bush, Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf combined to pitch 18 scoreless innings and held Pittsburgh to 12 hits with 15 strikeouts. For comparison, Pirates starters Charlie Morton, Zach Duke and Daniel McCutchen combined to allow 17 earned runs and 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts.

Adam McCalvy and Jenifer Langosch are reporters for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.