W: Kameron Loe (2-0)
L: Clay Hensley (1-3)
S: John Axford (6)
MVP: Aramis Ramirez (+.330)
LVP: Zack Greinke (-.371)
Tonight the Brewers were fortunate enough to catch Tim Lincecum on one of his increasingly-frequent bad days, and took advantage by scoring three runs in the first inning on two walks, a single and a hit batsman. They probably should have had more runs in the first and came away empty-handed after leaving the bases loaded in the second, but still managed to score six runs tonight without a home run.
Meanwhile, Zack Greinke pitched five excellent innings tonight but was victimized by the one big inning in the sixth. All told he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings, striking out five. The three runs he allowed in the sixth cost him an opportunity to pick up the win.
The go-ahead run scored for the Brewers in the top of the seventh, when Aramis Ramirez singled and scored two. The Brewers had seven hits tonight but Jonathan Lucroy was the only player with more than one: He went 2-for-4 with a triple. Rickie Weeks, batting second for the first time, went 1-for-3 with a single and two walks.
Here's something to watch for over the next couple of days: The Brewers really ate through the Giants' bullpen tonight, forcing them to use four relief pitchers to record the final 12 outs. Tonight was the 12th game in as many days for the Giants, so getting so many relievers into the game tonight could have an impact tomorrow and Sunday.
The Brewers won tonight without Ryan Braun, who sat out with his sore Achilles tendon, and Carlos Gomez, who left early with a "tweaked" hamstring. Brooks Conrad grounded out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning in his Brewer debut.
This series will continue tomorrow when Randy Wolf takes on Madison Bumgarner at 3:05.