Coming into Friday night at AT&T Park the San Francisco Giants were looking to keep some of the hottest bats in the National League quiet in the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Cain hung tough, Aaron Rowand hit a pinch-hit homer, but it all wasn't enough as the Brew Crew topped the G-Men by a score of 4-2.
Andres Torres began the game with a lead off double, was bunted over by his newest teammate Jeff Keppinger, than scored after Pablo Sandoval grounded out after lining one off the backside of Shaun Marcum. Yunesky Betancourt hit a two strike RBI double in the second to tie the game at one apiece, followed by a 2 RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy to make it 3-1.
The Brewers would strike back with another RBI from Betancourt in the sixth to make it 4-1, which Aaron Rowand responded to with a very impressive homer off a high and tight fastball that he somehow powered out of AT&T with alligator arms. Unfortunately the Giants offense would stop right there, unable to provide a fruitful rally after Jeff Keppinger's first hit as a Giant in the ninth off of closer John Axford.
Matt Cain (L 8-6) fought through six innings of work tonight, allowing all four runs on eight his with only one walk and two strikeouts. The Brewers Shaun Marcum (W 9-3) lasted for seven innings of two run ball, along with four hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.
With the loss the Giants remain 57-43 on the year. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will send out Ryan Vogelsong (7-1 2.02 ERA) on Saturday to face the Brewers' Randy Wolf (6-7 3.58 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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