The final seven or so weeks of the season are going to amount to an open tryout for a number of Milwaukee Brewers. Among those trying to put his best foot forward will be Tom Gorzelanny who might well have a shot at joining the starting rotation for 2014. Gorzelanny has the benefit of being left-handed and experienced and the way he’s pitched as a fill-in starter for the Brewers over the past month has certainly helped bolster his case. Showing no ill effects from the line drive to the pitching elbow that bounced him out in the second inning of his previous start on Aug. 2 Gorzelanny pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out seven to help key a 10-0 trouncing of the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night at Safeco Field. "It's way too early to say that" Gorzelanny a sub-.500 career pitcher with nine big-league seasons under his belt said when asked if he felt he was remaking his career a bit. "I'm not really trying to call it a renaissance. I'm just trying to do my best out there and just work hard and put out a good effort each time. I'm not really thinking about what could happen or how things are going to turn out." Milwaukee broke the game open in the seventh inning when it sent 10 batters to the plate against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma and scored six runs before recording an out. Scooter Gennett provided the big blow sneaking a three-run home run just over the wall in right that gave the Brewers and Gorzelanny some major breathing room. Milwaukee has now scored 10 runs in each of its last two games. It hadn’t accomplished that feat since April 29-30 when they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by scores of 10-4 and 12-8 at Miller Park. "That makes it fun to sit back and watch it" manager Ron Roenicke said. "There were a lot of good at-bats today. "When the offense is doing that all the way through hopefully you have a chance to score more innings. I know we busted out with one but then we added on which I thought was really good." The game started 27 minutes late due to Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony running long but it didn’t appear to affect Gorzelanny who had his start in San Francisco on Wednesday scratched to give his elbow a few additional days to heal. He scattered two singles and a double over the opening five innings and struck out the side in the second. "The beginning of the game was fine. I knew they were late" said Gorzelanny who also had to pitch through an unusual circumstance on July 27 in Colorado when the Brewers and Rockies played on through a rainstorm. "I just went in the cage threw a few extra after I came in and it was no different. No big deal at all." A nifty 3-6-3 double play started and finished by Juan Francisco gave Gorzelanny six shutout innings and set the stage for a Milwaukee rally in the seventh. Gomez started it off with a nice push bunt up the first-base line that ended with him eluding the tag attempt of Justin Smoak and sliding head-first into the bag.
Milwaukee knocks off Seattle, 10-0
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug 11