Baggs' Instant Replay: Brewers 4, Giants 3

Baggs' Instant Replay: Brewers 4, Giants 3
April 17, 2013, 8:00 pm
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MILWAUKEE – The Giants are proving very, very skilled at these comeback rallies. But the Tour de France doesn’t end in the mountain stage, and neither does a major league game.

On a road trip full of comebacks, the Giants once again rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie Wednesday night. They couldn’t advance their sixth-inning rally any further, though. And the Brewers walked off when pinch hitter Blake Lalli’s fly ball with the bases loaded carried over left fielder Gregor Blanco’s head in their 4-3 win at Miller Park.

Santiago Casilla preserved the tie in the eighth but couldn’t repeat in the ninth.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a leadoff single and Carlos Gomez followed with an infield hit that shortstop Brandon Crawford managed to glove deep in the hole. Crawford’s desperation throw to first base was off line, giving the Brewers runners at second and third.

Following an intentional walk, the Giants had the infield in and the outfield shallow. Lalli was able to elevate a pitch and position the Brewers for a potential three-game sweep.

Starting pitching report
Ryan Vogelsong threw quality starts in 19 of his first 20 outings last year, but consistency had eluded him in his first two assignments this season.

He had much better results on a day the Giants needed length from their starting pitcher to spell the bullpen. Vogelsong made a few mistakes but completed seven innings while holding the Brewers to three runs.

The first five batters in the Brewers lineup were 0 for 13 with two walks against Vogelsong, but the lower half did damage. No.8 batter Yuniesky Betancourt, whose grand slam figured prominently in Tuesday’s game, hit a solo home run in the third inning.

The Brewers made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Third baseman Alex Gonzalez, who entered with a .152 average, led off with a double into the left field corner. Then Carlos Gomez showed bunt before pulling the bat back and slapping a line drive to right field. Hunter Pence was playing shallow and by the time he scampered after the ball, Gomez stood on third base.

Betancourt followed with a potential sacrifice fly to medium right field that ordinarily would’ve developed into a close play at the plate. But Gomez was so fast that the Giants never had a chance.

Vogelsong did his best work after the Giants rallied to tie in the sixth. He set down three batters in the bottom of the inning. And when Bochy let the pitcher hit in the seventh, Vogelsong rewarded his manager’s confidence by getting a double-play grounder from Betancourt to complete one more scoreless frame.

Bullpen report
Casilla ended up taking the loss.

At the plate
The Giants might have knocked out Kyle Lohse early in Game 7 of the NLCS last October, but they needed longer to get to him in his third start as a Brewer.

Lohse retired the first 14 batters he faced before Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk in the fifth, and then Brandon Crawford erased any thoughts of a no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the sixth.

Crawford extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and so did Pablo Sandoval before the three-run inning was through.

Crawford took second base on Vogelsong’s sacrifice and scored on Angel Pagan’s single. Then Marco Scutaro and Sandoval singled to load the bases for Buster Posey. The cleanup hitter is still far from locked in, though. He struck out on four pitches – and has driven in a run in just three of his 13 starts this season.

It was up to Hunter Pence to provide the thump in the middle of the lineup. He brought more bump than thump, but his ground ball single up the middle was perfectly placed as it snuck through to center field to drive in two runs and tie the game.

But Brandon Belt flied out to strand men at the corners, and in the latter innings, the Giants came up empty in two more at-bats with a runner in scoring position.

In field
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks momentarily broke free from Earth’s gravitational pull while leaping to snag Pence’s hard line drive in the second inning.

Attendance
The Brewers announced 29,362 paid. For everyone’s sake, I hope the Rally Banana costume is machine washable.

Up next
The Giants finish their seven-game road trip as well as their three-game series at Miller Park with a brunch start Thursday. They’ll try to win for the first time in four tries with their opening-day starter. Matt Cain (0-1. 5.94) takes the mound against right-hander Yovani Gallardo (0-1. 6.61), who was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police said he blew a 0.22 BAC, which is almost three times the legal limit.