The SF Giants, coming off a disappointing series with the Phillies are looking to take two of three against a good team in the Milwaukee Brewers.
The SF Giants won monday night as Chris Stratton threw six shutout innings, but the bullpen blew a solid Jeff Samardzija start last night. Matt Moore has been pitching very well of late, dropping his ERA from 5.88 down to 5.38. He took the hill as the Giants look to steal a series from the playoff-contending Brewers, who sent Matt Garza to the mound.
First inning Moore gave up a double to Domingo Santana with one out in the inning. Two batters later, Brewers third-baseman Travis Shaw would double in Santana giving the Brew Crew the early 1-0 lead. Giants responded right away with a lead off double from born-again Gorkys Hernandez.
Kelby Tomlinson would follow up with a single and Jarrett Parker would keep the line moving with a walk to load the bases. Buster Posey would hit a sac-fly to left, scoring Hernandez and tying the game at one. Crawford and Sandoval would fail to knock anyone else in as the Giants only get one.
Matt Moore would throw another solid game, going six innings and giving up one run while striking out six. Moore worked in and out of a couple jams beautifully, rather than imploding and losing the game in one inning like he has this year. Hunter Strickland would come in for the seventh and take care of business after the lead off hitter moved into scoring position.
Bottom of the seventh, Giants scored some runs in the most Giantsy? way possible. After Ryder Jones struck out, Denard Span would double to right. Gorkys Hernandez would take another pitch high and tight as he was aboard on a HBP.
Next batter Jarrett Parker would line a check-swing, two-run double right over the third baseman’s head, scoring both runners from first and second. It was truly a bizarre double, but hey, we would expect nothing less from this team.
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After a clean eighth inning from Mark Melancon, the Giants bats went back to work in the bottom of the inning. Crawford led off the inning with a single, followed by Sandoval, as both would advance on a passed ball.
Carlos Moncrief added another run on a sac-fly to make it 4-1 Giants headed to the ninth inning. Sam Dyson would take care of the ninth inning, but allowed a solo homer to Stephen Vogt, closing it out as a 4-2 win.
Matt Moore would go six solid innings and record his fifth win of the year behind a solid all around game from the Giants. Giants go 4-3 on the home stand, as they head out on the road to Arizona for a six-game road trip.
The San Francisco Giants will have an off day tomorrow, then travel to Arizona for a three game series.