HR: Carlos Gomez (18)
MVP: Rob Wooten (.200 WPA)
LVP: Brandon Kintzler (-.066 WPA)
For the second straight night, both starting pitchers were able to stymie batters for the first six innings and turn the game into a battle of bullpens. This time, the Brewers were able to hold the lead and beat the Giants 3-1.
Wily Peralta was very good tonight, allowing only one earned run on five hits and two walks. Peralta struck out six batters tonight and made multiple batters look downright foolish at times. Throwing 108 pitches in 6.1 IP, Peralta looked a lot more like the dominant pitcher fans saw in mid-July rather than the pitcher they've seen struggle in his last two starts.
Carlos Gomez put the Brewers on the scoreboard in the top of the second with a solo home run to left center. The home run was Gomez's first home run since July 26th and his first hit since July 29th.
The Brewers scored again in the fourth due to some poor defense from the Giants. Norichika Aoki doubled to start the inning and Jean Segura moved him over to third. During Jonathan Lucroy's at-bat, Buster Posey attempted to pick off Aoki at third and threw the ball into left field allowing Aoki to score with ease from third.
Peralta avoided any damage as he escaped a jam in the fifth inning, but was unable to do the same thing in the seventh inning. After a Brandon Crawford double and an infield hit by Roger Kieschnick, Peralta was able to get Gregor Blanco to ground out before being removed for Brandon Kintzler. Joaquin Arias grounded to second baseman Rickie Weeks to score a run before Kintzler was able to induce a flyout to right field from Marco Scutaro.
Crawford doubled off of Kintzler to start the eighth inning before Ron Roenicke brought Rob Wooten in for the second straight night in a high leverage situation. Wooten was able to get both Hunter Pence and Buster Posey out without allowing Crawford to score before Roenicke brought in Jim Henderson for a four-out save. Henderson was able to get Pablo Sandoval to flyout weakly to left to get out of the eighth inning.
Before Henderson was able to take the mound in the ninth, the Brewers added an extra run thanks to some poor defense and good situational hitting from Lucroy. After an error allowed Aoki to move to third, Lucroy punched a ball to right field that allowed Aoki to score the Brewers' third run of the game.
With a two-run lead, Henderson reentered the game and worked around a walk to Blanco to record the first four-out save of his career.
Marco Estrada will take the mound for the Brewers tomorrow in the third game of their four game series against the Giants. The start will be Estrada's first for the Brewers since June 3rd against Oakland. Madison Bumgarner will be taking the mound for the Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 9:15 p.m.