MILWAUKEE – Lorenzo Cain and Brandon Crawford have compiled long reels of summaries, but the Brewers' victory over the Giants 5-4 ended on Saturday with a defense entrance that every player would forget.
Cain threw a rebounding base hit to center field and allowed the Giants
Cain threw a rebounding base hit to center field and allowed the Giants to score the tie run at the top of the ninth inning before Crawford did the same on a routine ground ball to the shortstop that started the bottom of the painting, starting a rally that ended with
"Gamel picked me up there," said Cain, a candidate for his first Rawlings Gold Glove prize. "That's what we need from all of us, picking each other up when another guy is fighting, he delivered great success for the kids, we definitely needed him as a team."
Gamel was the last player to retire from the Brewers' bench and, if it had not, the Giants and Brewers would have entered a second consecutive game of extra innings with Milwaukee closer Josh Hader not available. Hader suffered a blown save in a two-inning appearance the night before, which is why the Brewers turned to
It had been a struggle to reach that point for the Brewers. They went without hits in their first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position, including multiple chances against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the second, third and fifth innings, though Christian Yelich's bad run out of the second-base glove Joe Panik in the fifth no. an execution score error.
The Brewers finally broke through in the eighth, when Mike Moustakas, Jesus Aguilar and Keston Hiura hit consecutive doubles to start the inning, converting a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Hiura then ran home on Orlando Arcia's sacrifice flight to score with a header for a sure-fire race that proved critical when the Giants tied the game at 4 against Jeffress, who had created his own problem by walking with Crawford at the start. of the entrance. Three batters later, with two runners aboard, pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt threw a producing single in center field and Cain failed. Austin Slater, a thorn in the Brewers' side the last two nights, ran home for the tie race.
"I thought the ball was in my glove, that just can not happen," said Cain. "That [ticked] I was rushed and I did not make sure it was in my glove. … I'm sure [Crawford] He is angry about it. I'm angry about making a mistake there. Making mistakes is something that simply can not happen. "
A half-entry later, Crawford, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, kicked himself for a mistake. Giants reliever, Reyes Moronta, retired the next two batters, but Hiura worked a walk that pushed Braun into the scoring position for Gamel's winning hit. The first hit of Gamel's career broke his slip of 0 by 13.
It was the Brewers' third win this season, and the first since Braun hit a single in the 18th inning to beat the Mets on May 4.
"We still have good at-bats, and that's what the game won us," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Keston fought back and got a ride, and that prepared him for Ben."
Crawford's weird mistake also helped.
"It's baseball," Gamel said. "Two really trustworthy guys who never make mistakes.
"It was strange," Counsell said. "You do not expect Crawford to make the mistake, you do not expect Lorenzo to make the mistake, but you just have to continue in those games, mistakes happen, and you just have to keep going."
More worrying for the Brewers in the big picture were their ongoing problems with the bullpen.
"As a team, we have definitely not been playing as well as we would like," said Cain. "But many things can change. "A lot of things can happen if we keep grinding, we keep trying to score runs, we keep picking each other up."
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him Twitter and Instagram and like him on facebook.