He was good when he was in the game. Unfortunately for Brewer fans that wasn't very long in today's game.
W: Madison Bumgarner (5-1)
L: Randy Wolf (2-3)
S: Santiago Casilla (5)
HR: Ryan Braun (7)
MVP: Alex Gonzalez (+.125)
LVP: Randy Wolf (-.324)
When the MVP of the game for the Brewers was forced to leave the game in the top of the second inning, which happened when Alex Gonzalez injured his knee while sliding into Second base, a positive outcome cannot be expected. And this is in fact what came to pass.
Today's game had much in common with yesterday's opener. In both games the visiting Brewers managed to jump ahead early. Today's game saw the Brewers gain a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second inning. After an Aramis Ramirez double Alex Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to center. Two batters later, with George Kottaras at the plate, Gonzalez got a good jump and took off for second. The throw from Giants' Catcher Hector Sanchez was high and wide. Gonzalez made an awkward, late slide into second and stayed on the ground. He needed to helped off the field and was replaced with Cesar Izturis.
Also similar to last night's game starter Randy Wolf got off to a decent start getting through the first four innings allowing only three infield singles. In the fifth Hector Sanchez led off the inning with a double to left-center field. With one out, and Sanchez still on Second Base, Madison Bumgarner leveled the score with a double of his own. Wolf retired the next two batters to get out of the inning without allowing further damage.
The damage control wouldn't last long. Like last night's game Wolf ran into trouble in the sixth inning. Melky Cabrera led off with a triple. Buster Posey followed with an RBI single to give the Giants the lead. With Posey on First Brett Pill doubled to right-center allowing Posey to score and increase the Giants' lead. That wasn't the end of the scoring in the inning, however. Conor Gillaspie hit into a fielders choice in which Brett Pill scored the fourth run for the Giants.
After a scoreless seventh for both sides Ryan Braun pulled a ball down the left field line for his seventh home run of the year, pulling the Brewers back to within two.
The Giants regained their three run lead in the very next inning. Shortstop Joaquin Arias reached on an error by Third baseman Aramis Ramirez. On a routine groundball Ramirez threw low to First baseman Geroge Kottaras, who moved to first after Jonathan Lucroy pinch hit and remained in the game at catcher. The throw wasn't perfect but a more seasoned First baseman would have most likely made the scoop and end the inning. Hector Sanchez followed the error with another double to left-center driving in Arias from first base.
Santiago Casilla came on for the bottom of the top of the ninth. Lucroy managed a one out single but no further damage was done against the Giants' closer who wrapped up the game for his fifth save on the year.
Also worth mentioning was the questionable decision by Manager Ron Roenicke to have Corey Hart bunt with Aramis Ramirez on second base with no outs in the top of the sixth. Ramirez reached on an error. He hit a routine fly ball that fell between three Giants in shallow Left-Center field. After the successful sacrifice and Ramirez on third Cesar Izturis flied to right field. Questionable baserunning by Ramirez did not allow him to tag up and score.
The big news of the day, however, that makes these questionable decisions and even the loss itself take a back seat is the injury sustained by Alex Gonzalez. The severity of the injury could have a substantial impact on the remainder of the season for the Brewers.
The Brewers and Giants will conclude their series tomorrow at 3:05 with Shaun Marcum and Matt Cain the scheduled starters.