National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at San Francisco
(Friday, July 22nd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum kept the Giants in check and
Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy each drove in two runs to push the
Brewers past the Giants, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game series.
Marcum (9-3) went seven innings and limited San Francisco to two runs on four
hits. The right-hander also struck out five and did not walk a batter in the
Brewers' third win in four games.
Matt Cain (8-6) made it through six innings for the 17th straight start, but
gave up four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits to take the loss, just his
second since the beginning of June.
The NL-West leading Giants dropped their second straight game following a 7-1
"They battled and put the ball in play," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of
the NL Central leaders. "We were off a little bit tonight. If you don't
execute, you're going to get beat."
One of the Brewers' big bats, Ryan Braun, sat out with a nagging left calf
strain, but the bottom of the lineup stepped up in the All-Star's absence.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Betancourt stepped up with runners on the
corners and stroked a gapper to left to plate Prince Fielder.
Lucroy followed with a single through the left side of the infield, and Casey
McGehee crossed home before Betancourt scored standing up when Eli Whiteside
couldn't handle Cody Ross' one-hop throw from left.
"The throw home...[Betancourt's] out if it doesn't skip," Bochy said.
Both pitchers got in a groove from there and cruised until the sixth.
Jeff Keppinger, in his first start at second base after being acquired in a
trade with Houston, rushed a throw to first on a grounder hit by Mark Kotsay,
and Aubrey Huff bobbled the throw to put the leadoff hitter on base.
Cain retired the next two batters, and McGehee singled to left to put men on
the corners, leading to Betancourt punching a dribbler between third and short
for another insurance run.
"I always talk about that consistent offense, and sometimes when your big boys
aren't doing it all the time you need those (other) guys to swing it," Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke.
McGehee was held at third on Lucroy's single to right, and Marcum struck out
to leave the bases loaded.
Aaron Rowand came off the bench and pinch-hit for Cain leading off the bottom
half and smacked his third home run of the season to bring the Giants back
Marcum, who left his previous start early due to a neck strain, got the next
six hitters on fly balls, and the Brewers' new-look bullpen took over from
Francisco Rodriguez, who blew a lead in his previous outing, hurled a 1-2-3
eighth, then John Axford worked around a one-out single in the ninth to lock
down his 27th save of the season.
Andres Torres led off the Giants' first inning with a double, moved to third
on a groundout and raced home when Pablo Sandoval lined one off Marcum's
Sandoval, battling a sore right quadriceps, was thrown out on the play and
finished 0-for-4 at the plate, including a flyout to left in the ninth.
Cain recorded his 16th quality start in 20 outings this season. He finished
with a season-low two strikeouts...The Giants had given Cain just 10 runs of
support over his previous five starts...Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt and
Ramon Ramirez each hurled a scoreless inning in relief. The Giants' bullpen
has allowed just one run in 26 2/3 innings since the All-Star break...The
Giants' Jonathan Sanchez, on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis,
tossed five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno and gave up two runs
on three hits.
07/23 01:54:10 ET
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