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Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo did not last the required five innings of work to get the win in yesterday’s 12-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Yo” did, however, hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 10th career home run, which is the team record for HRs by a pitcher.
With his 10th HR, Gallardo also became the 55th pitcher in MLB history to have 10 or more career homers. Wes Ferrell, who pitched in the majors from 1927-41, had 38 career HRs, 37 of them when he was in the line-up as a pitcher.
Following are the pitchers with the most career home runs (only HRs hit in games when they were the pitcher)
Home Runs, Pitcher
37: Wes Ferrell
35: Bob Lemon, Warren Spahn
34: Red Ruffing
33: Earl Wilson
29: Don Drysdale
24: Jack Clarkson, Carlos Zambrano, Bob Gibson
23: Walter Johnson
21: Jack Stivetts
20: Milt Pappas, Dizzy Trout
With his 10th career home run, Gallardo also jumped into a tie for second place on the active list of home runs by pitchers. Gallardo is tied with another member of the Brewers staff, Livan Hernandez. Here are the active pitchers with the most HRs:
10: Gallardo, Livan Hernandez
7: Micah Owings
6: Bronson Arroyo, Matt Cain
5: Jason Marquis, Randy Wolf, Adam Wainwright
For his career, Gallardo has a .206 batting average and 36 RBI in 331 at-bats. Another interesting stat is that Gallardo has more home runs than 36 position players for the Brewers who had more than 331 at-bats in their career. Topping that list is former infielder Pat Listach, who had only five career home runs with the Brewers in 1,640 at-bats. Three other players had less than 10 home runs with 1,000 or more at-bats: Ed Romero (five home runs in 1,167 at-bats for the Brewers); Mike Felder (nine home runs in 1,133 at-bats) and Tim Johnson (no home runs in 1,104 with Milwaukee).
Gallardo is one of only six Brewers pitchers to hit two or more home runs in their Brewers career. Brooks Kieschnick had eight career HRs, but only three of them came as a Brewers pitcher. Zack Greinke, Scott Karl, Skip Lockwood and Fred Talbot each hit two home runs as pitchers during their Brewers careers.
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