By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published May 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM Photography: David Bernacchi

Dominating a team is one thing. What the Brewers have done to the Pirates is a completely different story.

With a three-game sweep over the weekend, the Brewers are 51-17 against Pittsburgh dating back to the 2007. In the last 36 games at Miller Park, the Brewers have beaten the Pirates 33 times.

If you're into math, that comes out to a .750 winning percentage overall and .917 in the last 36. At one point in time, the Brewers, had won 22 straight at home.

Heading into the series, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had down played the one-sided nature of the series.

"There's only a couple guys around here that have been around that long," Hurdle said. "There's guys here that have no clue.

"I'm not going to grab them and say, 'By the way, one time we lost 22 games in a row here.' Sometimes, these guys, when you think they're informed, they're not informed on certain things. It's like anything: you look for good, you find good. You look for bad, you find bad.

"It's not like guys are going to dig into history and wonder how many games they've lost in a row here."

Hurdle's Milwaukee counterpart, Ron Roenicke, was asked if he had experienced a similar phenomenon during his time on Mike Scioscia's coaching staff in Anaheim. When asked if he'd seen anything like it before, Roenicke didn't hesitate before answering.

"Boston and Boston," he said.

The series has had its memorable moments, despite the one-sided nature.

Right-hander Matt Capps received a four-game suspension in 2007 after intentionally hitting Prince Fielder following a J.J. Hardy home run.

In April 2009, Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Karstens drilled Ryan Braun in the back after the Brewers' left fielder earlier hit a first-inning home run in a 10-5 Brewers victory.

There was no retaliation on the Brewers' part as both benches were warned, but after the game, Braun suggested that there would be plenty of time for payback.

"We play them about 17 more times," Braun said. "Tell Mr. Selig, we'll see what happens. It's going to be interesting."

Last year, the Brewers beat the Pirates, 20-0, at PNC Park – the most lopsided loss in the 124-year history of the Pittsburgh franchise.

While Hurdle played down the mental aspect of the series, Roenicke believed his team's history of success against Pittsburgh provided an advantage.

"I think any team you're on, when you have trouble with a team in your ballpark for whatever reason, you know," Roenicke said.

On the road again: The team opens a quick, four-game west coast swing tonight in Los Angeles. The Brewers will play two games each against the Dodges and Giants before returning home to Miller Park.

The Brewers have not played well on the road this season, hitting just .218 (154-for-708) while posting a 6-15 record. By comparison, Milwaukee is 13-6 at Miller Park and leads the majors with a .305 home batting average.

Roenicke has no idea how to explain the discrepancy.

"If you figure it out, let me know," Roenicke said.

The upcoming road swing, though short, will provide additional challenges for the Brewers. Both Dodger Stadium and Petco Park are known for being pitcher-friendly, so the Brewers offense, already dependent upon home runs, will need to find ways to manufacture runs.

"You're not always going to hit home runs, so sometimes you have to be creative to do things," Roenicke said. "I think if you took this whole team and put them in San Diego for a whole season, you may have to try to do things a little different."

Gomez, Betancourt staying put: No two players are lower on the "most loved" list than Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Betancourt, who came to Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, has never been known as a patient batter though is career on-base percentage is considerably higher than his current .250.

"He's not going to hit .230," Roenicke said. "What happens with him is he'll hit .270, .280 and his on-base is going to be (in the) low .300s. He's a good offensive player. He's going to hit. Give it some time."

Despite hitting .241 and .226, respectively, Roenicke plans to stick with the duo for the foreseeable future.

Gomez has lucked out because of injuries to Nyjer Morgan though Roenicke has started using veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay occasionally in center.

Injury report: Zach Braddock is eligible to return from the disabled list (sleep disorder) Monday but will not join the team on its California trip. He pitched a minor league game Thursday and struck out all five batters he faced ... OF Nyjer Morgan will travel with the team but is not eligible to return until May 21.

Down on the farm: The Class A Timber Rattlers had their seven-game winning streak snapped with an 11-1 loss to Clinton Sunday ... Brett Carroll had a pair of home runs and Jeremy Reed hit the game-winner in the ninth as Class AAA Nashville beat Sacramento ... RHP Kyle Heckathorn threw seven innings of Class A Brevard County's 4-1 loss to St. Lucie.

Quick hits: Prince Fielder is now tied with Cecil Cooper for fourth on the Brewers' all-time home run list (201) ... Zack Greinke will start the Brewers' first game back in Milwaukee and will return from California a day early. The team is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 a.m. ... The Brewers are 10-15 when Rickie Weeks gets on base to start the game.

This week: Four games in four nights, all out west beginning Monday when Shaun Marcum looks for his fifth straight victory as the Brewers face the Dodgers. After two in Chavez Ravine, the Brewers head south for a pair in San Diego then return home for a weekend set against the Rockies.

He said it: "It's a short road trip. First road trip we don't have to wear suits so if we win, we don't have to wear suits the rest of the year. So there's our motivation." – Ryan Braun, on the dress code for the four-day road trip.

Attendance (through 19 home dates): Total – 628,068; Average – 33,056; Sellouts – 3.

NL Central standings (through games Sunday)

  Won Loss GB
Cincinnati 23 17 ––
St. Louis 22 19 1.5
Milwaukee 19 21 4.0
Pittsburgh 18 22 5.0
Chicago 17 21 5.0
Houston 15 25 8.0