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Brewers use small ball, pitching to best Giants 3-1

No homers? No problemo!

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants
And Yelich can fly, too!
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WP: Chase Anderson (7-7); LP: Madison Bumgarner (3-4); Save: Corey Knebel (14); Homeruns: none

West Coast Box Score version 2

A solid outing for Chase Anderson led the Milwaukee Brewers (60-46) to a 3-1 win over Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants (52-53) on a blustery night at AT&T Park in San Fran.

Chase worked six innings and allowed the Giants’ one run, allowing four hits (all doubles), walking none, and striking out three. The lone run came in the second when Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford led off the inning with back to back doubles.

The Brewers had looked inept against Bumgarner for five innings (except for a line double by Christian Yelich in the first), and weren’t particularly ept in the sixth, but did push across the tying run. Keon Broxton’s chopper behind the bag at third forced a low throw from Evan Longoria, and Keon was rewarded with a single. Yelich walked; Jesus Aguilar’s slow roller to short moved up both runners, and Ryan Braun’s grounder to second scored the tying run.

A similar situation evolved in the top of the seventh, when the Brewers took the lead. Hernan Perez poked a single in the hole into right, Manny Pina got down a nice bunt to move him up, Perez stole third without a throw (that one’s on you, Madison), and with the contact play on Hernan got a great jump to score without a throw on a chopper right to Longoria.

The third run came in the eighth. Yelich drilled another double, with one down, and one out later Ryan Braun finally got something to drop with a single to right to plate Yeli.

Joakim Soria made his Brewer debut in the seventh, and tossed a scoreless frame. A one out walk was erased on a 4-6-3 double play ball. Jeremy Jeffress was back on the horse to try and erase the bad taste from last night’s outing, and the taste was sweet after back to back strikeouts to begin the eighth. However, after two singles and a walk Buster Posey got a crack at JJ with the bases full and his team down two, but was out on a slow roller to third. Maybe a little mouthwash will get rid of the rest of that bad taste.

Corey Knebel also was back on the mound after his bumpy save last night, but he had a perfect ninth with a strikeout to leave all of the drama back with Jeffress’ eighth inning.

Game Notes:

  • A game recap farewell to Brett Phillips, who is off to KC with Jorge Lopez in exchange for Mike Moustakas. Best of luck to both, and Maverick will be missed.
  • Yeli’s two double, one walk night leaves him at .317 and with an OPS of .904.
  • Apropos of nothing, Tyler Thornburg was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox tonight, and Yovani Gallardo won his fifth for the Rangers.

Game three of the four gamer is tomorrow evening, and Jhoulys Chacin and his 9-3, 3.58 record will go for the series win. Johnny Cueto is 3-1 and his ERA is 2.76, so he has done well since coming back from the DL. Chacin and Cueto should be an interesting night of pitching.