The Brewers and Giants began a series today between division leaders. It’s expected to be an exciting series that could be a playoff preview, and game 1 lived up to that hype.
The scoring started in the second inning. Avisail Garcia got the Brewers on the board first, hitting a home run into the Brewers bullpen to give them the early 1-0 lead.
That would give the Brewers the lead until the sixth inning. The Giants countered with their own home run then, as Brandon Belt hit one out to right field to tie the game at 1-1.
For the starters, that was the only big mistake for each of them. Beyond that, it was a pitcher’s duel between the two starters. Logan Webb of the Giants pitched six innings, allowing just three hits, one walk, and one run. He also added on nine strikeouts in the start. However, Corbin Burnes matched him in the start. Burnes went seven innings, allowing four hits, a walk, and a run. He had five strikeouts of his own in the start.
Each team did have their scoring opportunities throughout. After Garcia’s home run in the second, Rowdy Tellez hit a double and Tyrone Taylor walked to put two runners on base. Both moved up on a Lorenzo Cain strikeout, but Burnes was up next and struck out to end the second.
In the fourth, Rowdy Tellez hit a ball to deep center that looked like it would be a double. However, Giants outfield Mike Yastrzemski made an excellent catch to rob him. Yastrzemski was shaken up but remained in the game.
The Giants had their own chance in the top of the sixth after Belt’s home run. Buster Posey singled, then Brandon Crawford replaced Posey on a groundout, getting Posey at second. Kris Bryant then singled, and Eduardo Escobar had a throwing error that allowed Crawford to reach third. However, Yastrzemski grounded out to end the inning.
After the starters left the game, the bullpens came in to keep the game locked down. For the Giants, Dominic Leone, Tyler Rogers, and Jake McGee kept the Brewers off the board, giving up just a walk and a hit combined. Meanwhile, for the Brewers, Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams kept the Giants in check, allowing the same. With the game tied at 1-1 after nine innings, the game went to extras.
Brent Suter came in for the tenth and was stellar. He struck out Austin Slater to start the inning, got a lineout from Darin Ruf for the second out, and finished it with a strikeout of Donovan Solano. Then, with Avisail Garcia starting on second for the Brewers, Rowdy Tellez sent the Brewers crowd home happy, hitting a single down the left field line for the win.
Tellez was strong again, going 2-for-4 at the plate including the walk-off. Avisail Garcia also contributed with his home run and scored both of the Brewers runs tonight. This also sent Craig Counsell home with his 500th win as the Brewers manager.
The series against the Giants continues tomorrow night as the Brewers go for the series win. Aaron Sanchez and Brandon Woodruff meet up in game two of the series. First pitch is at 6:10 pm on Bally Sports Wisconsin and the Brewers Radio Network. In the meantime, here’s a peek into the Brewers dugout.