The Milwaukee Brewers have become a legitimate contender to the San Francisco Giants World Title defense, but have struggled at AT&T Park. Sunday was no different, and on the shores of McCovey Cove Madison Bumgarner and the Giants bullpen had terrific performances, keeping the Brew Crew in check, and winning by a score of 2-1.
Bumgarner (W 6-9) lasted seven 2/3 innings this afternoon, keeping the Brewers to only one run after spraying eight hits against him, fanning eight in the process. The Brew Crew went 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base for the day, with their lone run coming from a Ryan Braun homer in the first, his fourth in the last five games and 20th of the season. Bummy gave up lead of hits to Milwaukee in the second, third, fourth, and sixth innings, but kept the Brewers from scoring every time. Sergio Romo finished off the eighth for Bummy with a ground out from Braun, while Brian Wilson secured his 31st save of the season with his second 1-2-3 ninth inning in a row for the Black and Orange with two strikeouts and a pop up from Rickie Weeks.
Jeff Keppinger recorded his first RBI as a Giant with a single in the third that scored Bumgarner after he crushed a double into center field, followed by a Mike Fontenot sacrifice in the fourth that plated Nate Schierholtz. Brandon Belt went 2-2 with a walk, while Aubrey Huff went 3-4 with three singles.
Yovani Gallardo (L 11-7) lasted for seven innings this afternoon, allowing six hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts in a losing effort for Milwaukee.
With the win the Giants move to 59-43 on the year, remaining 4 games ahead of Arizona in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.
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