Hoping to avoid another losing series, the Milwaukee Brewers took the first drop of blood this afternoon against the San Francisco Giants. Starter Jhoulys Chacin threw an unstopped top of the first and let his offense go to work. Lorenzo Cain opened with a single against Tyler Beede and then stole second base. A single line by Christian Yelich put runners in the corners. Yasmani Grandal then hit a liner that caught center fielder Kevin Pillar and ended up falling in front of him, but apparently the flight of the ball also misled Yelich and tripped over the bases. He ended up being sent off in second place in LoCain who came to score, so the play was recorded as the choice of an 8-4 outfielder.
The Giants managed to race against Chacin at the top of the second. The right walked with Brandon Crawford to lead things, then an error by Eric Thames with Mike Yastrzemski in the bat put the runners on the corners. Donovan Solano lifted a sack fly to center field to tie the game to one each and register the second out. The opposing pitcher, Beede, was the next batter and lined up a single to the left, but Chacin avoided further damage when Ryan Braun's shot and Orlando Arcia's relief beat Yastrzemski home for the final of the inning.
The game remained knotted at one until the fifth inning, when Chacin delivered a one-run homer to Brandon Belt to give the Giants a 2-1 lead. The fifth would be Chacin's last entry, and he finished with the two runs allowed (one of them won) while giving four hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.
Alex Claudio worked around a double and a walk and was helped by a Grandal he stole during a sixth inning with no touchdowns, and then the first homer by Christian Yelich of the second half, and 32 of the season, tied with the game he leads at the bottom of the frame. With the score at 2-2, Craig Counsell turned to Corbin Burnes to preserve the tie at the top of the seventh. As has been the case all too often with Burnes on the mound this season, things did not go well.
Solano doubled to lead, then Beede landed a simple RBI in the middle to give San Fran a 3-2 lead. Yes, two hits for pitcher Beede today, raising his batting average to .167. Belt hit a single to the right to put the runners in first and second, and then, after a visit to the mound, old friend Stephen Vogt doubled to score Beede and make it 4-2. Counsell left to replace Burnes, who registered zero outs, with Matt Albers. Needing a punch or a pop-up, Albers received a whiff of Austin Slater for the first time, and then intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval to set up the double play. But he intentionally gave Crawford five pitches to force in the fifth race of the game. That was the Milwaukee season 11 walk, loaded with bases, tying the most in baseball. Kevin Pillar beat a single in the frame of a RBI to put the score at 6-2, and then Yastrzemski relied on what was originally discarded as a double play that ends in the inning. But the call went into the repetition and Sandoval crossed the plate as the seventh race of the game, while only the second exit of the entry was recorded. Solano, who started the inning with a double, hit a RBI single to make the 8-2. Finally, fortunately, Tyler Beede grounded third and Mike Moustakas scored the third base to force Yastrzemski and finish the inning. Burnes was charged with four races and now owns a 9.00 ERA through 46.0 innings this year, second only behind Our Hero Junior War among Brewer relievers. Albers allowed two runs of his own, and his ERA is now 4.85.
Advice on Corbin Burnes: "We are not succeeding, it is not working, things are there, but at some point we are losing execution, we are making mistakes, we are making progress in counting and making mistakes". We have to address things with Corbin. "
– Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 14, 2019
Milwaukee scored a third race with a Lorenzo Cain single in the bottom of the seventh, but left two runners in the eighth and before falling 1-2-3 in the ninth. Jay Jackson pitched two scoreless innings and no hits to finish the game for the Brewers, walking one while recording four strikeouts. But it's in the books as an 8-3 loss, leaving Cream City Nine in 48-46 and 2.5 games behind the Cubs for first place in the Central National League.
The Brewers' 8-3 loss to the Giants covers a stretch of 26 straight games against teams that have lost records to this day. The Brewers went 9-17 in that stretch.
Now comes 16 of 19 games against winning teams.
– Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 14, 2019
Next, the Braves come to the city for a three-game set that will start tomorrow night at Miller Park. The Cobb County Nine will send Max Fried to the mound to oppose Adrian Houser, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm at the center.