Giants Vs. Brewers: Barry Zito, Errors Sink Giants Early, Fall 8-5 In Series Finale

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Giants Vs. Brewers, Final Score: Zito, Errors Sink Giants Early, Fall 8-5 In Series Finale

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - The Brewers scored eight runs off Barry Zito in the first two innings Wednesday afternoon and beat the Giants 8-5 to close out a three-game series.

Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada hit a two-run double in a six-run first inning but injured his leg rounding first base and came out of the game.

"When I saw the third baseman miss the ball I tried to push off and that's when I felt it pop," Estrada said of his hit to left field and the resulting injury.

Aramis Ramirez had a three-run double in the first and Jonathan Lucroy belted a two-run homer in the second for the Brewers, who bounced back from losses in the first two games of the series to avoid a sweep.

Zito (3-2) gave up five hits and four walks but only four of the eight runs charged to him in three innings were earned. He struck out three and had a two-start winning streak snapped.

Zito threw 44 pitches in the first inning against 10 Milwaukee batters and had a throwing error on a bunt. Ramirez knocked in the first three runs with no outs on a double to left-center field.

The other big knock was Estrada's double on a line drive past Joaquin Arias, who seemed to lose the ball at third as it came out of the shadows and into the sunlight.

Estrada clutched his upper right thigh as he rounded first base. He made it to second easily, but came out of the game after being looked at. Zack Greinke entered as a pinch runner and Manny Parra took the mound in the second for Estrada, who had struck out two in a perfect first.

The Brewers said Estrada had a strained right hip flexor and was set to have an MRI.

Parra, Kameron Loe, Jose Veras (3-1), Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford all worked out of the bullpen to finish the game. Veras earned with win with three strikeouts in two perfect innings and Axford struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

"With the injuries that we've had that bullpen has thrown a lot," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "With a couple of clean plays, Manny (Parra) also would have had a clean inning. The bullpen was really good. The day off tomorrow is big for all of us."

Norichika Aoki reached on a close play at first base leading off the second inning -- Zito covered for Brandon Belt on the grounder to first -- and Lucroy knocked a two-out pitch over the wall in left-center to make it 8-0.

Hector Sanchez hit a three-run double off the left field wall in the third inning to get the Giants on the board, and they scored two more after Loe came in for Parra to start the fourth.

Brandon Crawford knocked in a run with a single to center and Melky Cabrera added an RBI double to make it 8-5.

"It was a great comeback but we were just too far behind," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "What a job the [bullpen] did. We have to pick it up defensively. It's what killed us in the first inning."

Game Notes

The Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak to the Giants. They won for only the second time in their last eight games overall and improved to 2-4 on a six-game homestand. They will start a seven-game road trip on Friday with the opener of a weekend series against Arizona...The Giants will wrap up a seven- game road trip with four against the Marlins in Miami starting Thursday.

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Giants Vs. Brewers: Barry Zito Eyes Series Sweep

The San Francisco Giants have already taken the first two against the Milwaukee Brewers at Millers Field, and look to finish them off Wednesday with Barry Zito taking the bump to face off against Marco Estrada.

Zito and Estrada have opposite starts to their respective seasons as Zito led the Giants starters in ERA until allowing four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings Friday against Oakland. As for Estrada, he remains winless (0-3) this season, taking over the role of starting pitcher after Chris Narveson went down for the season to a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Milwaukee has lost eight of the 10 games Estrada has appeared in.

Melky Cabrera took over as the league's leader in hits last night, now owning two more than the Yankees Derek Jeter with 63 this season.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Brandon Crawford SS
  3. Melky Cabrera LF
  4. Hector Sanchez C
  5. Brandon Belt 1B
  6. Joaquin Arias 3B
  7. Nate Schierholtz RF
  8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
  9. Barry Zito P

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

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Giants Vs. Brewers, Final Score: Buster Posey, Joaquin Arias Blast G-Men To 6-4 Victory

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double as the San Francisco Giants downed the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-4, in the middle test of a three-game set at Miller Park.

Joaquin Arias smacked his first major league home run -- a two-run shot to left -- and Angel Pagan knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly for the Giants, who have won four of their last five games.

"He looked fresh," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey's game after catching 12 innings on Monday. "He likes this park, he sees the ball well here."

Matt Cain (4-2) allowed four runs on 11 hits and did not issue a walk while fanning eight to earn his first win against the Brewers since the 2009 season. Sergio Romo tossed a perfect eighth and Santiago Casilla worked around a walk in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season, despite pitching two innings in Monday's 14-inning victory.

Rickie Weeks crushed a two-run double, Norichika Aoki added an RBI two-bagger and Ryan Braun, who was in the starting lineup despite leaving Monday's game in the 10th inning due to groin tenderness, contributed an RBI single in the loss for Milwaukee, which has dropped six of its last seven.

Shaun Marcum (2-3) allowed six runs on five hits and two walks while whiffing five over six innings to take the loss.

San Francisco opened the scoring with a pair of runs in its first at-bat. Brandon Crawford got things started with a one-out single and Melky Cabrera followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners. Posey then launched a ball into the left-center field gap that hopped over the wall, scoring Crawford, and Cabrera came home on a sacrifice fly by Pagan for a 2-0 game.

The Giants widened their lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Aubrey Huff coaxed a two-out walk from Marcum and Arias followed by launching a fastball deep into the left-field bleachers.

Aramis Ramirez ripped a one-out single to left in the Milwaukee fourth and Jonathan Lucroy doubled to put men on second and third before Weeks brought home Ramirez and Lucroy with a double into the left-center field gap to cut the deficit to 4-2.

San Francisco widened its lead again in the sixth when Cabrera started the inning with a walk and Posey followed with a moonshot home run to deep center field that banged off the scoreboard and landed back in the field of play. Posey's sixth of the year made it a 6-2 game.

Pinch-hitter George Kottaras ripped a single to begin the seventh for the Brewers and Aoki brought him in with a double into the right-center field gap. Aoki then went to third on a flyout by Nyjer Morgan and scored on a base hit by Braun to cut the deficit to 6-4.

The Brewers would get no closer as Romo and Casilla closed out the win in the final two innings.

"The walks before the big hits really hurt us," remarked Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Posey hit a high 3-2 changeup. They only had five hits but still scored six runs. We had some chances but we didn't bring them in."

Game Notes

The Giants have won 15 of their last 22 games against the Brewers...San Francisco was 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded just two on base, while the Brewers finished 2-for-13 with men in scoring position and left seven on base.

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Giants Vs. Brewers, Starting Lineups: Ryan Braun A Go, Aubrey Huff Gets First Start Since DL Stint

After departing Monday night’s game in the 10th inning with some groin tightness, some were unsure if Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun would be in the lineup on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. Well, that question has been answered as he’ll be out there for the Brew Crew this evening.

As for the Giants, Angel Pagan will return after missing last night’s game with a stomach bug, while Aubrey Huff gets his first start since his DL stint, playing first base and batting sixth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Aubrey Huff 1B
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
9. Matt Cain P

Milwaukee Brewers:

1. Norichika Aoki RF
2. Nyjer Morgan CF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Jonathan Lucroy C
6. Rickie Weeks 2B
7. Taylor Green 1B
8. Cesar Izturis SS
9. Shaun Marcum P

First pitch is set for 5:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, while Fox Sports Wisconsin and WTMJ 620 AM while have coverage in the Milwaukee area.

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Giants Vs. Brewers: Matt Cain Eyes Another Victory In Game 2

The San Francisco Giants hung on for the extra-innings W on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and look to take control of the series on Tuesday as Matt Cain takes the bump for the Black and Orange.

Cain (3-2 2.67) gave up a season-high eight hits to the Cardinals, allowing four runs along the way. However, the Giants provided him with some rare run support to secure his third win. Cain ins 61-9 lifetime when the Giants score him three or more runs.

As for Marcum (2-2 3.31) he left early is his last outing after tweaking an oblique, but feels good enough to give it a go on Tuesday. He gave up four runs in five innings against the Astros, throwing 91 pitches before departing.

First pitch is set for 5:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area and Fox Sports Wisconsin and WTMJ 620 in the Milwaukee area.

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Giants Vs. Brewers, Final Score: Hector Sanchez Plays Hero, G-Men Top Brew Crew 4-3 In 14 Innings

The Milwaukee Brewers offense exploded for 16 runs on Sunday afternoon, but Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants were hoping to tell a different story on Monday at Miller Park against the Brew Crew. But a pair of home runs from Buster Posey and Ryan Braun eventually led to extra innings. But it was Hector Sanchez making the difference, launching a 14th inning bomb to give the Giants the 4-3 victory.

Brewers starter Randy Wolf was impressive aside from a first inning mistake to Buster Posey, who smashed a three-run bomb after a pair of walks to Brandon Crawford and Melky Cabrera to give the Giants an early 3-0 lead.

Madison Bumgarner took over from there, who aside from an RBI double to Aramis Ramirez in the sixth was looking to be on cruise control. The Giants had a few more chances to support his cause, like an 8th inning rally sparked by a Cabrera triple and Posey walk to give San Francisco runners at the corners with one out. Francisco Rodriguez would silence that party, striking out Brett Pill and Joaquin Arias to end the inning. That's when the fun began.

Bumgarner struck out the first two in the bottom the eighth, but another Brandon Crawford error left the door open for Ryan Braun, who pounded an 0-2 meatball into the cheap seats to tie the game at three apiece, effectively knocking out Bumgarner. The big lefty would finish after 7.2 innings of work, giving up five hits and just one walk while striking out 10.

John Axford walked Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Belt to give the Giants two on with one out in the top of the ninth, but a Gregor Blanco pop out and Crawford strike out killed that rally. Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt worked the bottom of the ninth, and on to extras it went.

It was a stalemate until the top of the 14th when Hector Sanchez played hero with a solo homer off of Juan Perez, while Santiago Casilla shut the door in the bottom of the frame for his first win of the year and the exciting victory for San Francisco.

Shaun Marcum (2-2, 3.31) takes on Matt Cain (3-2, 2.67) in Tuesday's matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:10 p.m. PT once more. CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM will have the coverage in the Bay Area.

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Giants vs. Brewers: Starting Lineups, TV Times, Radio Coverage For Game 1

The San Francisco Giants have returned to the Badger State to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a three game set at Miller Park.

Skipper Bruce Bochy will use a bit of a different lineup on Monday, putting Brett Pill at first against the lefty Randy Wolf, while Charlie Culberson will get the start at second base in lieu of Emmanuel Burriss. Nate Schierholtz will also get a rare start, playing right field and batting seventh.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco CF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Brett Pill 1B
6. Joaquin Arias 3B
7. Nate Schierholtz RF
8. Charlie Culberson 2B
9. Madison Bumgarner P

Milwaukee Brewers:

1. Corey Hart 1B
2. Norichika Aoki RF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Carlos Gomez CF
6. Rickie Weeks 2B
7. George Kottaras C
8. Cesar Izturis SS
9. Randy Wolf P

First pitch is set for 5:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, while Fox Sports Wisconsin and WTMJ 620 AM while have coverage in the Milwaukee area.

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Giants vs. Brewers: Madison Bumgarner In Search Of The Win Column Once More

The San Francisco Giants too kcare of business when the Milwaukee Brewers came to town earlier this month, now the Brew Crew is out for some revenge this week at Miller Park, beging with Monday night's matchup between Madison Bumgarner and Randy Wolf.

Wolf will take his 6.38 ERA to the mound and attempt to bounce back after lasting just four innings against the Houston Astros, giving up seven runs (six earned) en route to an 8-3 loss. The former San Diego Padre has seen lots of the Giants in his time though, owning a 9-7 with a 2.99 ERA in 21 carrer starts against the Black and Orange.

As for Bumgarner, he'll be looking to get back into gear after his second straight loss at the hands of the St. Louis cardinals in his last start, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. Madison has faced Milwaukee four times in his career, going 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA.

Coming into tonight's game, the Giants have won 13 of their last 20 against Milwaukee, though lost 2-3 at Miller Park last season. Their lone win last year was May 27, thanks in part to Brandon Crawford's grand slam in his MLB debut. Good memories heading into the road trip.

First pitch is set for 5:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, while Fox Sports Wisconsin and WTMJ 620 AM while have coverage in the Milwaukee area.

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Giants Vs. Brewers, Series Preview: G-Men Face Brew Crew For Three Game Set At Miller Park

The Gants hit the road this week, starting with a three-game set in Milwaukee. For more on the GIants head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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