PITTSBURGH (TSN-WSAU) Prince Fielder kicked off a 25-hit barrage with his first home run of the season, and Milwaukee went on to hand the Pirates their worst shutout loss in the 124-year history of the organization via a 20-0 pounding at PNC Park to complete a three-game sweep.
Ryan Braun and Jim Edmonds slugged three-run homers to finish at the head of a potent offensive attack. Braun had three hits, scored three runs and drove in five, while Edmonds went 4-for-6 and scored two runs.
Fielder, meanwhile, was 2-for-4 and knocked in three on the afternoon. He snapped a career-long homerless drought to start 2010 with a solo blast well clear of the center-field wall leading off the second inning in his 54th at- bat of the year. He had also began the 2008 campaign without a home run until his 54th at-bat, then went on to smack 33 more that season.
George Kottaras added a solo home run, a deep blast to center for his second career round-tripper. Randy Wolf (2-1) hurled six strong innings, scattering six hits while walking three with as many strikeouts to get the win.
If that wasn't enough, Brewers pitching collected three hits, an RBI and scored twice.
It was an awful series for the Pirates, who were outscored 36-1 over the three games. The club was coming off a three-game home sweep of Cincinnati.
Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen (0-2) was raked for eight hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Joel Hanrahan and D.J. Carrasco were tagged for six and four runs, respectively, in just an inning each.
The Brewers return to Milwaukee tonight, and open a series tommorow against the Chicago Cubs at 6:30pm.