Giants win a squeaker, 3 - 2.
Madison Bumgarner on the hill. Maddy had not given up as many as 2 runs in his last 6 starts. The Brewers are a team of sluggers, though, and managed to chalk up 2 runs on only 4 hits.
Quite the contrast to the Giants, who managed to run up only 3 runs on 12 hits, and left 12 men in scoring position for the game. They also drew 4 walks. On a percentage efficiency basis, you might say the Brewers prevailed, but fortunately for the Giants, you win based on run totals. So it was a 3 - 2 victory. Much of the game did not seem nearly that close. The Giants kept banging out hits, and you kind of knew that they would start piling up runs like they did last night, except that really didn't happen much.
Buster Posey was on base 4 times, all singles. His bat is heating up. He scored once, as did Joe Panik and Angel Pagan. Angel also had a hit and an rbi to mark his return from rehabbing an injured hamstring. Gregor Blanco got himself on the hits board with 2 (and he needed them) and might have had a chance at another had he not been prematurely rung up on a ball that he foul tipped. You could hear the tip on tv, but apparently the umpire couldn't, and you can't appeal that call.
Madbum picked up his 8th victory in 113 pitches in 8 innings. Maddy gave up the 2 runs, 4 hits, one of which was a home run to Jonathan Lukroy. He struck out 8 and walked 1, and got 1 hit, a single. Santiago Casilla picked up a save. He blew through the first 2 batters, until Ryan Braun gave him a battle that ended in a strikeout on the 11th pitch.
The Giants pick up their 4th win in a row and their 5th out of their last 6. Pretty good for a team that has seemingly been struggling and dealing with bad news. Here is some more. Belt left the game, but is probably OK. A lot of discussion lately about the bullpen, so I thought I would look up some stats. Going back to a little before the beginning of June, at the start of the Atlanta series, the bullpen has thrown 41 innings and given up 15 runs. That is a 3.29 era. Not lights out, but not too bad. In that time period, the Giants have won 8 and lost 6. 3 of those losses were due to the team falling behind while the starter was on the mound, 3 were the fault of the pen. 2 were Casilla and 1 was a combo of Law and Casilla. Casilla looked good tonight, though.
Johnny C on the mound tomorrow afternoon, then a day off before taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.