San Francisco Giants get back in the win column, shut out Milwaukee Brewers 5-0, taking the series
Jul 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants 23 left fielder Nori Aoki (23) gets a base hit against the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t really feel like writing right now. I’m sitting here listening to Tony sing our song. It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Wednesday’s game was kind of like watching a tug-of-war contest‒Jake Peavy on one side, the Brewers pitcher on the other. The game was important to both teams for one reason: it was the rubber game of the series. And neither team was giving an inch. Or going quietly.
The Giants didn’t get a runner on base until the third inning‒Peavy gave himself a little help, but he was left stranded when the inning ended.
Neither team could get anything going. Until the seventh inning. That’s when the sparks flew. Giants sparks.
The Giants finally tugged the Brewers all the way into the mud in the seventh. Matt Duffy was up first and he led off with a base hit. Hunter Pence doubled him home with a line drive to left. Then, in typical Giants style, they kept the line moving.
Brandon Belt singled. Brandon Crawford hit a sac fly bringing Hunter home. Hector Sanchez doubled. Ehire Adrianza hit a single to score Belt and Sanchez, then on a missed catch error by the Brewers catcher, took second. And still, they kept moving the line. Justin Maxwell pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot and drew a walk. Nori Aoki hit a single. Gregor Blanco hit a sac fly, scoring Adrianza.
That brought Duffy to the plate for the second time in the inning. The Giants batted around the entire lineup.
Let’s get back to Peavy‒he pitched a solid game Wednesday. He went 6 scoreless, allowed only four hits and struck out three. But here’s the kicker: with all that, Peavy doesn’t get credit for the win.
The W goes to Hunter Strickland because the Giants took the lead after he took the mound. To be honest, though, Strickland has been getting the job done, and let’s face it‒better Strickland get the W than one of the Brewers, right?
The Giants delivered on defense while they were at it. Especially in the fourth inning. They made some amazing plays in the fourth. With a runner on second (he got there on a single and a steal), the Brewers slugger, Ryan Braun, hit a fly ball to Hunter, who made the catch. One out.
The runner at second thought he had time to tag up and reach third, but he was so terribly wrong. Hunter has guns‒and he knows how to use them. He fired the ball to Duffy at third base, who easily applied the tag. Double play.
The Brewers next batter hit a fly ball to left field, but it was far from a routine out. The ball caught a current and started to drift. Aoki stayed under it and made an amazing catch that was anything but easy. Side retired.
The seventh inning was the magic wandoo inning, neither team scored after that. The Giants fire was short lived, but it burned really bright. The final score was: Giants 5, Brewers 0
The Giants won the game and the series. The best part though? The Brewers center fielder who threw the temper tantrum Tuesday went zero for Wednesday or 0 for 4. Sometimes the baseball gods get it right.