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Brewers succumb to Giants home runs, lose 5-3

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Giants score all their runs on home runs while Brewers don’t hit one.

Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

Box Score

The Brewers are third in all of baseball and lead the National League in home runs. The Giants are 3rd to last in baseball and 2nd to last in MLB. The Brewers had hit more than double of the home runs that the Giants have. None of that mattered tonight, as the Giants were the ones hitting the home runs.

The Brewers did take the lead first in this one. Orlando Arcia led off the top of the third with a walk, then went to third on a Lorenzo Cain single. In the next at-bat to Christian Yelich, Buster Posey missed a pitch that went to the backstop, allowing Arcia to score and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Zach Davies started out the game well. He held the Giants to two hits in the first three innings. However, it started falling apart in the fourth. Davies allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Belt, then Pablo Sandoval hit a home run to put the Giants ahead 2-1. The Brewers got the lead back quick in the fifth. Cain got on base on a misplay by shortstop Brandon Crawford, then stole second. Yelich singled after that and Cain scored from second, tying the game at 2-2. The Brewers did get two runners on base that inning after Yasmani Grandal walked, but couldn’t bring them in.

It was a quick turnaround for the Giants, though. In the bottom of the fifth, Kevin Pillar led off with a home run to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. The Giants then threatened in the fifth as Steven Duggar singled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and groundout, and Belt walked to put two runners on base. Davies did work his way out of that one, but that ended the day for him. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one.

Matt Albers took over in the sixth, and worked around an error by Mike Moustakas to pitch a 1-2-3 inning (thanks to a reviewed double-play). Albers started off the seventh and allowed a single to Pillar before Alex Claudio replaced him. After getting a striekout of Duggar, Mike Yastrzemski homered to increase the Giants lead to 5-3. Claudio finished the seventh with no further baserunners, but each of Albers and Claudio were charged with a run in their appearances.

Meanwhile, the Brewers offense was kept in check until the eighth inning. Facing Mark Melancon, Moustakas led off the eighth with a single. He was erased quick on a double play from Hernan Perez, but the Brewers rebounded quick. Jesus Aguilar walked, Orlando Arcia singled, and Travis Shaw walked to load the bases. A wild pitch brought in Aguilar and advanced everyone, but the Brewers couldn’t capitalize and Lorenzo Cain flew out to end the inning.

Corbin Burnes kept the score at 5-3 by working around two singles for a scoreless eighth. Former Brewer Will Smith came in for the ninth, and while Yasmani Grandal managed a walk, that was all the Brewers could muster in the ninth as they fell to the Giants 5-3.

Overall on offense, it wasn’t a bad day for the Brewers. They managed eight hits and seven walks in the game. Yasmani Grandal went hitless but walked three times, and Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas each had two-hit days. However, they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and left eleven runners on base as a team. Also, Ryan Braun was the only starting position player to not get on base, as he went 0-for-5 in the game.

The Cubs also lost so the Brewers kept their one game lead in the division. Both teams are back at it again this afternoon. Jimmy Nelson will get his second start of the season, and he will have to face the Giants ace, Madison Bumgarner. First pitch is at 3:05 pm.