Win: Tim Lincecum (5-4)
Loss: Shaun Marcum (6-2)
Save: Brian Wilson (14)
HR: Weeks (9), Crawford (1)
MVP: Mike McClendon (.074)
LVP: Shaun Marcum (-.354)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Well, that graph doesn't look too fun, does it?
It was Giants SS Brandon Crawford's first career homerun--a grand slam off of Shaun Marcum--that sunk the Brewers today. It's certainly a very special moment for the 24 year old Crawford, who was playing in his first major league game. Lot's of guys have hit a homer in their first game, and a few have been lucky enough to have that homer be a grand slam. But how many have been able to have the adrenaline rush of hitting a grand slam to give their team the lead in the latter third of their first game? It's a bummer that the Brewers lost, of course, but it hurts a little less when you consider the joy that that young man must be feeling tonight. Maybe I'd feel a little bit different if I had actually been able to watch the game.
Up until the seventh inning, Marcum had been cruising, allowing a lone run to score in six innings. Then he gave up a double to Audrey Huff. Then a single to Nate Schierholtz. Then a walk to Miguel Tejada. Then Brandon Crawford happened and Marcum was pulled. Marcum's final line: 6 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
For the Brewers, Rickie Weeks hit a two run homer, and drove in another run later for a total of 3 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy drove in the other run while going 2-4 and Nyjer Morgan went 2-4 with two runs scored in his first game back off the DL.
The loss broke Milwaukee's six game winning streak. They'll try to start building another one tomorrow at 3:00.