The two teams with the second best record in the NL (61-51), our Giants and the first place Milwaukee Brewers, did just what they should have done: played a close, hard fought, playoff quality game. Like so many of those contests, this one was decided by the long ball. Unfortunately, the Brew Crew is a wee better at that game (at least, right now) and they took the series opener, 4-3.
Start #23 N.D. (9-7, 4.22) 6 innings 7 hits 3 runs 3 earned runs 1 walks 8 strikeouts 1 hr
Not his best, but considering how tough this lineup is and how pitcher-unfriendly the ballpark is, Tim did pretty good. The high-ish strikeout total is probably due more to the free swinging style of the Brewers, but he did have good stuff today. Timmeh started by slicing through the first eight batters, but then, BAM: two pitches, two runs. This game can turn so quickly!
High and/or Lowlights:
A shaky Machi giving up a lousy HR to former snake Parra is what cost us the game but it is hard to get mad at our bullpen. That run broke a string of 23 scoreless innings! That is the best such streak since 2010.
Another game where the bottom of the order disappeared: 0-16 for the #5-9 spots!
That makes two multiple hit games in a row for Joe Panik. I think he may be the guy that sticks at 2B.
I guess it is noteworthy that some wacky (and ineffective) moves by Bochy led to Pence in center and Belt in right field at the end. Actually, I'm not sure why it is noteworthy ....