5:38p The Brewers still can’t win a series on the road.
The Brewers lost to the Giants today, 2-1. It handed them yet another series loss on the road, and they finished 5-6 on a tough road trip through the NL West. The Brewers have not had a series win on the road since a sweep of the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in the beginning of June.
Yovani Gallardo had a solid start, going seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. It was actually a miracle that he even made it through seven innings, considering he needed 61 pitches to make it through the third.
Madison Bumgarner was slightly better than Gallardo, however, going 7 2/3 innings and giving up one run on eight hits. He walked none and struck out eight.
The only Brewers run came on Ryan Braun’s first inning home run. Gallardo held the Giants scoreless until the third, when he gave up a double to Bumgarner, who scored on Jeff Keppinger’s single.
Then, the Brewers’ astounding defense came into play in the fourth, when Josh Wilson completely missed a pop up and allowed Aubrey Huff to reach first. He probably lost it in the sun, but it doesn’t matter, because that play would wind up costing us the game. Huff eventually got around to third, then scored on Mike Fontenot’s sacrifice fly.
And that was the only scoring in the game. Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson finished the game for the Giants to give them the win.
Carroll makes Brewers debut
Brett Carroll made his Brewers’ debut today. He almost did last night, but was yanked from the on-deck circle due to a pitching chance.
Anyway, Carroll didn’t get a hit, but he made a highlight reel catch in center to rob Nate Schierhotlz of a base hit.
Fielder declines to take day off
Manager Ron Roenicke wanted to give Prince Fielder a day off today for two reasons: one, he’s in the midst of his worst slump of the season, and two, Bumgarner, a lefty, was on the mound. But, Fielder elected to play, and went 2-for-4 at the plate. This is a sign that he’s probably just about out of his slump that started after the All-Star Break.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers have a scheduled off-day tomorrow, but will return to Miller Park on Tuesday to take on the Cubs. Chris Narveson (6-6, 4.45) will take the mound for the Brewers in the first game of the series. He’s coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks, but he went seven scoreless innings and threw just 87 pitches. He appeared set to toss a complete game, but the bullpen blew it for him after he was pulled. Anyway, Narveson has dominated the Cubs in his career, going 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA against them.
Sadly, Narveson won’t be the only pitcher in that matchup who has dominated the opposition over their career, as Ryan Dempster (7-7, 5.00 ERA) will go for the Cubs. Dempster is having a down year so far, but that doesn’t change the numbers he has against the Brewers: 15-3 with a 2.50 ERA. This should be a pretty big pitchers’ duel.
Elsewhere around the division…
- The Reds will take on the Braves at 7:05 CT. As of right now, they are four games back.
- The Pirates defeated the Cardinals in extra innings today, 4-3. The Brewers, Cardinals, and Pirates are now in a three-way tie for first in the Central.
- The Cubs defeated the Astros in extra innings today, 5-4. They are 11.5 games and 20 games back, respectively.
|San Francisco Giants||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||X||2||7||0|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Josh Wilson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.321|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.287|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.273|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.252|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Brett Carroll, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.239|
|a-Casey McGehee, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.226|
a-Struck out for Gallardo in the 8th
2B: Gallardo (2).
HR: Braun (20).
RBI: Braun (68).
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 5.
|Yovani Gallardo (L, 11-7)||7.0||6||2||2||1||5||0||3.89|
Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 121-81, Saito 21-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 4-6, Saito 1-0.
Batters faced: Gallardo 27, Saito 5.