Giants vs. Brewers: Giants Blanked 6-0, Lose Series to Brewers

The San Francisco Giants are in Milwaukee to take on the Brewers this weekend for a three game set. The Giants are coming off being swept at home while the Brew Crew is riding a nine game home winning streak. Which team will prevail? Stay with SB Nation Bay Area to find out. For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Brewers, MLB Scores: Giants Blanked 6-0, Lose Series to Brewers

Matt Cain was looking to lead the San Francisco Giants to a much needed victory this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers, but instead had one of his roughest outings of the year. The Brew Crew were all over Cain early and often, and eventually blanked the Giants by a score of 6-0 at Miller Park.

Cain (L 3-4) lasted for six innings, striking out six and walking one. But he allowed an uncharacteristic 11 hits leading to five of Milwaukee’s six runs, although 10 of those hits were merely singles. Yovani Gallardo (W 7-2) pitched very well for the Brew Crew, lasting eight full innings while allowing only five hits with only one walk and five punch outs.

The lineup filled with youngsters and call ups this afternoon for San Francisco couldn’t get anything going at the plate, grounding into two double plays and leaving three runners in scoring postion.

With the loss the Giants move to 28-24. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will head to St. Louis tomorrow to begin a four game set with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Madison Bumgarner (1-6 3.79 ERA) will be on the bump to take on Kyle McClellan (6-1 3.11 ERA) for the Red Birds.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Starting Lineups: All Call-Ups in Starting Lineup Today For Giants

For the first time since they were called up earlier this week minor leaguers Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Chris Stewart will all get the chance to be in the starting lineup together today when the San Francisco Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Skipper Bruce Bochy went with one of his youngest and most athletic lineups to date this year, with Emmanuel Burriss at third, Nate Schierholtz in right field, and Andres Torres back in center. Crawford will be at short while Belt will be out in left field, while Stewart gets the chance to catch Matt Cain in his first big league start of his carrer.

Your San Francisco Giants:

. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff (B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Brandon Belt LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Matt Cain P

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan CF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Casey McGehee 3B
6. Mark Kotsay RF
7. Jonathan Lucroy C
8. Yuniesky Betancourt SS
9. Yovani Gallardo P

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Giants vs. Brewers, Schedule Preview: Matt Cain, Yovani Gallardo Set for Matinee Rubber Match at Miller Park

After the Milwaukee Brewers walked off on the San Francisco Giants for only the second time all season Saturday, the G-Men are going to have to take the rubber match today if they want to remain in first place in the NL West. That will prove to be a bit of a challenge seeing that the Brew Crew are one of the winningest teams at home in MLB. Luckily the Giants have Matt Cain on the bump to try and keep them from falling back anymore in the standings.

Cain (3-3 3.53 ERA) will really need to bring his A game against the slugging Brewers, who despite having players like Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, both amongst the top in homers so far in the NL, have been relatively quiet this series; but are liable to wake up in a hurry at Miller’s Park.

Cain’s adversary today will be Yovani Gallardo (6-2 4.35 ERA), who is coming off a win against the Nationals where he kept them to one run and five hits in seven innings of work. Gallardo has been on fire as of late, getting a win in his last four straight starts never allowing more than two runs in those contests.

If the Giants can figure out how to plate at least three runs against Milwaukee, they should have a great chance of winning today. History shows us that Matt Cain is a perfect 14-0 when the G-Men score three or more runs since 2010, so get em’ up, get’ em on, get em’ over is the motto for today.

First pitch is set for 11:10 PT this morning with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Brewers, MLB Scores: Brewers Execute Perfect Squeeze to Walk Off With 3-2 Win

After Brandon Crawford’s fireworks last night for the San Francisco Giants, the team found themselves in another one of their patented low scoring pitcher’s duels in today’s matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers. It went down to the bottom of the ninth when Jonathan Lucroy’s perfect squeeze bunt ended the game in walk off fashion 3-2 at Miller Park.

The Brewers jumped out early with a Carlos Gomez inside the park homer in the first when Cody Ross lost the ball in the right field corner, followed by a Casey McGehee sacrifice fly in the fourth. Randy Wolf kept the Giants scoreless in his seven and 1/3 innings of work until Freddy Sanchez knocked him out of the game with an RBI grounder in the eighth, followed by a Pat Burrell single to tie the game.

Skipper Bruce Bochy decided to use Guillermo Mota (L 2-2) instead of Brian Wilson in the ninth, which eventually proved to be a bad decision after he walked the bases loaded, an was unable to field Lucroy’s bunt to end the game. With the bases loaded and only one out, the squeeze was a brillant move by Milwaukee skipper Ron Roenicke. As for Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez, he pitched well in his seven innings of work, allowing two runs on two hits, with four walks and eight strikeouts.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will finish up their series with the Brewers on Sunday with Matt Cain (3-3 3.53 ERA) scheduled for the Giants and Yovani Gallardo (6-2 4.35 ERA) for the Brew Crew. First pitch is at 11:10 PT tomorrow morning with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Starting Lineups: Emmanuel Burriss Back at Shortstop, Pat Burrell Batting Third

Skipper Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants are about to roll out their 38th different lineup of the season for game number 50 this afternoon, here’s how it shakes out:

Aaron Rowand will be back in center and leading off, giving Andres Torres a day off. Pat Burrell has been moved up to third in the batting order and will play left field, while Emmanuel Burriss will be back at shortstop after Brandon Crawford’s amazing day yesterday.

I mentioned it in the preview but figured I would again: Freddy Sanchez is only two hits away from career number 1000. Keep an eye out people.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Freddy Sanchez 2B
3. Pat Burrell LF
4. Cody Ross RF
5. Aubrey Huff 1B
6. Miguel Tejada 3B
7. Emmanuel Burriss SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Jonathan Sanchez P

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Carlos Gomez CF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Casey McGehee 3B
6. Yuniesky Betancourt SS
7. Wil Nieves C
8. Nyjer Morgan RF
9. Randy Wolf P

First pitch is set for 1:10 PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Looks to Keep Giants Rolling at Miller Park

When you think about the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers season’s thus far, this three game series at Miller Park is vital to both of them. The Brew Crew are trying to use the defensing champs as a measuring stick as to how well they do against top notch teams, while the Giants are looking to keep the vibe positive and lively after the injury bug bit them hard and fast. Game two is this afternoon, so who’s got more to prove?

Jonathan Sanchez (3-3 3.47 ERA) is out to prove that he can last deep into the game and keep his walks to a minimum, hopefully showcasing some of the ‘good’ Sanchez that Giants fans have grown to love instead of the ‘bad’ or ‘ugly’ Sanchez that can creep up from time to time. The Sanchize is only 1-1 with a 6.83 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee, something he can definitely improve on this afternoon.

Brewers veteran Randy Wolf (4-4 3.70 ERA) has seen the Giants many a time in his career as an ex-Dodger and Padre, and is trying to build off of the seven innings of work against the Rockies last week that kept them to only one run and an eventual win for Milwaukee. Wolf is out to prove that he can keep up with other cannons in his rotation like Shaun Marcum and Zack Duke; today’s outing may do just that for him today.

As for the Giants offense, they can’t sit around and hope Brandon Crawford keeps hitting salmi’s every game, so they have to get something going today as well. Freddy Sanchez is the hottest hitter on the team right now, recording at least one hit in 10 of the last 11 games he’s played. He’s also only two hits shy of career number 1000, something to keep an eye out for this afternoon.

Interesting stat: the Giants are 11-4 against left handing pitchers this season, third best in MLB. Food for thought.

First pitch is set for 1:10 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Brewers, MLB Scores: Brandon Crawford's Grand Slam Sends Giants Past Brewers 5-4

The San Francisco Giants came to Milwaukee with a case of the blues. They’d been swept at home, lost arguably their best player along with their starting shortstop and magic bullet to injuries, and have been slumping at the plate for the majority of the season. But with an appearance of the Freak and one spectacular crack of the bat from a rookie call-up, the Giants ended their losing streak by a score of 5-4 at Miller Park.

Lincecum (W 5-4) didn’t have the same quality of stuff as in his last few starts, but had enough to keep the Brewers close. Timmy went for seven innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts. His lone mistake was a Rickie Weeks two run jack in the third, while Weeks recorded another RBI on a fielder’s choice in the fifth.

The Giants got on the board in the sixth with an RBI single from Freddy Sanchez, who’s 2-4 night now leaves him only four hits shy on career number 1000. And just when the Giants needed a little energy injected into their squad they got it from one of the least likely members of the team. Single A call up Brandon Crawford made quite the impression in his first major league game as he crushed a seventh inning grand slam for his first major league hit, vaulting the Giants ahead 5-3. Crawford finished the game 1-3 with a walk.

But the Brewers battled back, loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single to left, but Cody Ross gunned out Prince Fielder at the plate as his attempted steamroll of Eli Whiteside wasn’t to be; preserving the Giants lead 5-4. Brian Wilson came in for the ninth, solidifying his 14th save of the year.

With the win the Giants move to 28-22 this season. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have the second match of the series Saturday afternoon with Jonathan Sanchez (3-3 3.47 ERA) on the bump to take on Randy Wolf (4-4 3.70 ERA) for the Brewers in a battle of the lefties. First pitch is set for 1:10 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Starting Lineups: Brandon Crawford Gets First Major League Start

Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants have a few new pieces to play with in his daily game of the starting lineup, and one of them is getting his first big league start.

Single A San Jose call up Brandon Crawford will get his first major league start at shortstop this afternoon at Miller Park. Brandon Belt is not in the lineup though even as he’s been with the team for a couple of days now. Nate Schierholtz also will get the start in right field, batting fifth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Freddy Sanchez 2B
3. Pat Burrell LF
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Miguel Tejada 3B
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Tim Lincecum P

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Corey Hart RF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Casey McGehee 3B
6. Jonathan Lucroy C
7. Yuniesky Betancourt SS
8. Nyjer Morgan CF
9. Shaun Marcum P

First pitch is set for 5:10 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Schedule Preview: Tim Lincecum Set to Duel Shawn Marcum in Series Opener

The Milwaukee Brewers have the best home winning record in baseball. The Giants have played the fourth most road games this season thus far. Put that together with two top notch pitching staffs and you’ve got yourself a great weekend worth of baseball.

Tim Lincecum (4-4 2.06) is riding the lowest ERA in the NL this month at 0.93 and is coming off of a three hit shutout of the Oakland A’s last weekend, earning him co-player of the week honors in the NL. The 21 straight Athletics he retired was a career high, and has a 1-0 record lifetime at Miller Park with a 1.29 ERA. But Shaun Marcum could care less about any of that.

Marcum (6-1 2.37 ERA) has been lights out for the majority of the 2011 season so far, who after losing his season debut has gone undefeated since posting a 2.09 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than one run in six of his 10 starts this year. Marcum seemingly has made the move American to National leagues effortlessly and has been a large boost to the Brewers roster. He’s definitely a guy the struggling Giants offense wouldn’t like to see right out of the gate on their road trip.

First pitch today is set for 5:10 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

For more on the San Francisco Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Remain in First Place, Diamondbacks Move Up to Second

The race in the NL West is an ever changing landscape, and after this last week of play it actually shifted quite a bit. But the San Francisco Giants still remain atop the division, with a little help from the Colorado Rockies. 

The Giants were swept by the Marlins in their last series, but the Rockies have lost seven of their last 10 and 17 of 25 in the month of May, a large reason the Giants have remained in first place. The Giants are still one of the hottest teams in baseball as winners of 14 of their last 21 games, but the surging Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to make their presence felt. The D'backs have won 10 of their last 12 including the last three games against the Rox, largely in part to their pitching staff, which is a bit under the radar.  But now only 1.5 games back of the G-Men, they aren't going unrecognized now. 

The caboose of the NL West is being driven by the Dodgers and Padres, both of whom are well under .500 at this point. It's never wise to count any team out in the NL West but these two better start turning the ship around before it becomes too late. Only the Giants and D'backs have records above .500, but Arizona is only two games above it.  


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 27 22 .551 0 Lost 3
Arizona 26 24 .520 1.5 Won 3
Colorado 24 25 .489 3 Lost 3
Los Angeles 22 29 .431 6 Lost 1
San Diego 20 30 .400 7.5 Won 1

(updated 5.27.2011 at 11:50 AM PDT)



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Giants vs. Brewers, Series Preview: Giants Looking to Bounce Back in Milwaukee

After the San Francisco Giants' seemingly month long party at AT&T came to a screeching halt by the hands of the Florida Marlins, they now set out for another seven day road trip with their first stop in Milwaukee to face the Brewers at Miller Park. 

Despite being swept this week, the Giants have still won 12 of their last 18 games and 14 of their last 21, bringing their winning percentage in the Month of May to .682, second in MLB only to the Red Sox. But for all their success at home, the Giants now face a Brewers team that holds the best home record in baseball at 19-6 including their last nine straight at Miller Park. San Francisco swept the Brewers in Milwaukee last year in a four game series and have taken seven of their last eight games against them.The Brew Crew is batting a team .289 at home this season and have played 15 of their last 19 at home. So no matter how you slice it, these teams are ready to battle it out, and the stats are there to prove it. 


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3 game series vs Brewers @ Miller Park

San Francisco Giants
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Miller Park

Tim Lincecum (4-4 2.06 ERA) vs Shaun Marcum (6-1 2.37 ERA)

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

 

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