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Brewers come from behind to tie Giants 5-5

They came back, but not back enough

San Francisco Giants v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Brewers overcame some poor defense but couldn’t muster up enough offense to get the win, instead tying the San Francisco Giants 5-5.

The big news of the game was Christian Yelich returning to the field for the first time since breaking his knee cap against the Miami Marlins last September. He got his first plate appearance with a runner on in the bottom of the first. Yeli grounded out to the first baseman, but was able to advance the runner to second. Keston Hiura finished the work and drove in Justin Smoak to take an early one-run lead.

The Giants took the lead in the second against starter Josh Lindblom. Old friend Mauricio Dubon set the scoring up with a “double” that bounced off of Jedd Gyorko’s glove and into left field. Then Yolmer Sanchez singled to Keston Hiura and Hiura threw the ball away trying to make a quick turn to get it to the first baseman. Both runners scored and counted, despite the two misplays in the inning.

San Fran added on another run in the fourth winning. Joe McCarthy took Linblom deep to right center, bringing the lead to 3-1.

If Keston Hiura’s good for one thing, it’s using his bat to make up for an error. In the bottom of the fourth, The Legend smacked his third homer of the Spring to make up a run. Lorenzo Cain tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single that got Brock Holt to cross home plate.

Mike Morin came to the mound for Milwaukee in the sixth inning and gave up the lead. With a runner on, Zach Green smacked a double that would give the Giants a 4-3 lead. San Fran added one more in the seventh inning against Bobby Wahl when Darin Ruf singled with two on. Wahl was able to fight out of trouble and limit the damage to a single run.

Milwaukee finally got back to scoring in the bottom of the eight. Ryon Healy, Jace Peterson and Jacob Nottingham started the inning off with back-to-back-to-back singles. Andres Blanco came up with one out and singled to center, driving in Healy and Peterson to tie. Nottingham was thrown out at third and Keon Broxton followed Blanco up with a strikeout to end the run scoring.

The resurgent Phil Bickford took the mound in the ninth. He managed to do his job and struck out all three Giants batters. In the bottom of the inning, the Brewers got one runner aboard, but couldn’t bring him home. The game ended and Milwaukee took its second tie of the Spring.

The team heads back to American Family Fields of Phoenix for a 2:05 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers tomorrow.