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Giants come back to beat Brewers, 8-7

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Nelson fell apart in the fifth and the bullpen couldn’t keep the ship afloat

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

The Milwaukee Brewers and Jimmy Nelson could not hold onto an early lead Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The team would allow the Giants to come back from 5-1 and win the second game in a three-game series.

Nelson kept the Giants off the board for the first three innings, at one point retiring 11 batters in a row from the first to the fourth inning, six of those on strikes. His first run came after #oldfriend Stephen Vogt tripled and was driven in on a Kevin Pillar single.

While Nelson quieted the Giants, the Brewers chipped away at the scoreboard. Manny Piña got the scoring going with a solo bomb in the third. Hernan Perez would lift a sac fly to score Yasmani Grandal in the fourth. Orlando Arcia followed that up with an RBI ground out, and Piña drove in another run on a single. Grandal would drive in a run with a sac fly of his own in the fifth to make it 5-1.

After that, Nelson walked three consecutive runners. Craig Counsell replaced Jimmy with Adrian Houser, but Houser walked his first batter. San Francisco added two more with an RBI ground out and sac fly of their own. In the sixth inning, Joe Panik would hit a sac fly off Houser to tie it up at 5 a piece.

Yet ANOTHER sac fly from Yaz would put the Brewers ahead in the seventh, but once again, the Brewers couldn’t hold the lead. Pillar drove in Vogt on another single to tie it up again in the bottom half of the seventh. Brandon Crawford would then pull a ball into right field, and a Christian Yelich drop allowed Pillar to come around and score. Vogt came back to drive in Crawford, and the game sat at 8-6.

Yelich would make up for the error in the 9th with his 26th homer of the season, but the solo shot was in vain. The Milwaukee Nine fell in disappointing fashion to one of the worst teams in baseball.

Milwaukee will hand the ball to Chase Anderson (3-1, 3.80 ERA) in the final game of the series. He’ll try to avoid the sweep against Jeff Samardzija (3-5, 3.72 ERA). First pitch is at 3:05 p.m.