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San Francisco Giants: Late Rally Not Enough in Loss to Brewers

May 21, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 21, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Giants could not establish any rhythm offensively until the ninth inning, where they went on a rally, but unfortunately came up short in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Denard Span led off the game for the San Francisco Giants with a single, but that was quickly erased after Eduardo Nunez grounded into a double play. Brandon Belt would then follow with a pop out to third base to end the first inning.

Matt Cain started on the bump for the Giants and got through the first inning unscathed after giving up a lead off single to Eric Sogard, and one more hit later in the inning.

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The second inning was a different story for Cain, however, and would prove to be detrimental for the orange and black the rest of the way. Cain fell behind in the count 2-0 facing Hernan Perez, before allowing a home run to lead off the inning. Jett Bandy followed with a single and Keon Broxton grounded into a fielders choice shortly after. Cain then allowed a single to Orlando Arcia, moving Broxton to third in the process. Cain was able to retire Chase Anderson on a pop up bunt to Buster Posey, but then the wheels fell off in the inning.

Sogard kept the rally going for the Brewers with a 2 RBI double, then Domingo Santana reached on an RBI single to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead, before Cain was finally able to escape the inning.

Trotting back out to the mound in the third inning, Cain found himself in trouble yet again. With two outs and a runner on second, Anderson doubled in a run, helping his own cause and extending the Brewers lead to 5-0.

The score would remain the same until the ninth inning, when the Giants were able to sustain a rally. Nunez, and Belt led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Posey followed with a single of his own, knocking in Nunez. Then, Brandon Crawford hit what looked like would be the fifth double play of the game by the Giants, but Carlos Torres made an errant throw to second base, allowing Belt to score.

The Brewers replaced Torres with Corey Knebel to stop the rally, which worked. Hunter Pence struck out, Joe Panik grounded out to first base, and Austin Slater grounded out to second to end the ballgame.

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Game Notes:

Matt Cain was hit around: Cain had trouble limiting the damage on Tuesday night. He lasted only five innings, gave up 10 hits and 5 runs, raising his ERA to 4.87 on the year, and 8.40 on the road. He now drops to 3-5 on the year.

Offensive struggles: The Giants may have accumulated 9 hits on the day, but 3 of those came in the ninth inning, and the team hit into four double plays as well.

Bullpen was a bright spot:

Cory Gearrin

and

Bryan Morris

pitched well in relief, combining to throw 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit, and 0 earned runs.

Next: Giants Add Bullpen Depth

The San Francisco Giants will be back in action against the Brewers on Wednesday at 5:10 PM, as Ty Blach looks to continue his hot streak on the mound.

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