San Francisco, CA – Thanks to the San Diego Padres losing again, the Giants were able to maintain their lead in first place despite being shutout 3-0 by the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Somethings we just can’t explain,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “Tonight we didn’t play our best game, we been doing a great job so, we’ll put this one behind us.”
The Brewers came into AT&T park and shocked the sold out crowd of 41,835 fans as they dismantled a team headed to the post season. The Giants struggled on defense, made countless mistakes and produced no runs as they did the night before.
Madison Bumgarner dropped to 0-3 in seven starts allowing nine hits, two runs (both earned), five strikeouts and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander had most of his trouble with two outs situations giving up hits. It wasn’t his best work but he seemed humble in light of his performance.
“I felt like I had some pretty good pitches,” said Bumgarner. “It’s good to have games where you battle instead of just going out there and it come easy every time.”
It certainley came easy for the Brewers as Randy Wolf didn’t allow a hit after Pat Burrell’s single to open the fifth inning. Wolf was at 100 pitches through eight innings when manager Ken Macha was prepared to replace him with closer John Axford but Wolf announced he wanted to finish the game.
“I wanted to finish it,” Wolf said. “I had another opportunity this year against the Cardinals and didn’t get it.” “I really wanted to finish this one tonight.”
He not only recorded his ninth shutout but also completed his 13th game of his career. With a number of mistakes made by San Francisco’s defense Milwaukee cruised to their victory. Ryan Braun led with three hits and two runs scored. Braun hit a two-out double in the first followed by Prince Fielder’s single to score their first run.
“We didn’t do a very good job of getting opportunities to score,” Burrell said. “I’m not taking anything away from the way he (Wolf) pitched, but I think we’re a lot more capable of getting on base than we were tonight.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino