San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers
Giants 12, Brewers 3
Wily Peralta got his first Opening Day start on a chilly Monday afternoon. Fortunately for the Brewers and their fans, Miller Park has a roof to keep things comfortable. They faced a tough Giants team that is expected to make a long playoff run. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants.
The Brewers got a leadoff single from Domingo Santana who ended up scoring on a bases loaded walk in the first inning. The Giants answered with two in the second, sparked by an error by Scooter Gennett. Gennett made up for that with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 2.
After the Giants scored a couple more runs, Jonathan Villar led off the bottom of the third with a home run that just cleared the left field wall to pull the Brewers to within 4-3. The Giants scored a run in the 4th and a pair in the 5th to go up 7-3.
That score held up until there were two outs in the eighth. Span hit a 3-run home run to give the Giants a 10-3 lead. Joe Panik followed that up with a solo shot and Posey made it back-to-back home runs and a 12-3 lead.
Scooter Gennett had a great day at the plate going 2-3 with a home run and a walk. His home run was his first Major League home run off a left handed pitcher, and it was off of one of the best in Bumgarner. Santana also had a good day, going 2-5 with a run scored.
Pitching was not a bright spot for the Brewers. Chris Capuano and Blaine Boyer combined for 1.1 innings of scoreless ball, but Peralta, Carlos Torres, and Ariel Pena combined to give up 12 runs, 11 earned, in 6.2 innings.
Winner of the sausage race: Hot Dog
Giants 2, Brewers 1
Brandon Crawford led off the third with a home run to right, the first man to get on base against Nelson. Nelson settled down and set the next three batters down in order and they went to the bottom of the third tied at 1.
Nelson found himself in trouble in the fourth when Panik singled, Posey walked, and Pence reached on an infield single to load the bases with nobody out. Nelson was able to get out of it allowing only one run. He followed that inning up with a clean 1-2-3 fifth inning. The score remained 2-1 with the Brewers coming up.
Villar had an excellent diving catch to open the eighth inning. Nelson gave up a hit to the next batter and left after pitching 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 3. Michael Blazek came in and got the last two outs with the score still 2-1.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Bratwurst
Giants 3, Brewers 4
The Giants jumped on Taylor Jungmann early with a double, ground out to move the runner to third, an error by Lucroy to allow the runner to score and the batter to take second and another single. That had runners on first and third with one out and one run in. Jungmann got Belt to pop up behind third base and Hill made a great catch, then doubled up Posey as he tried to score to end the inning.
The Brewers came right back in the bottom of the first when Jeff Samardzija walked Santana, who moved up to second on a single by Gennett. Braun hit a single to right-center that scored and moved Gennett over to third. Samardzija got Lucroy to bounce back to the pitcher and struck out Carter and Ramon Flores to end the threat.
Matt Duffy made the Brewers pay for not taking advantage of the scoring chance by leading off the second with a home run to center. Jungmann got the next three batters, but the Giants took a 2-1 lead.
Jungmann helped his cause with a one-out single, then Villar walked. Santana hit a single to right-center to drive in Jungmann and move Villar over to third. Once again, the Brewers had runners on first and third with less than two outs. Gennett struck out and Braun flew out to center, and the Brewers could not capitalize and rally for more than a single run.
After Jungmann got through a 1-2-3 third inning, Carter hit his first home run as a Brewer to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead after three innings.
Belt drew a one-out walk, but Lucroy threw him out trying to steal. He was originally called safe, but it was overturned by replay. Gennett did a good job picking the shorthop and applying the tag.
Jungmann finished his second scoreless inning and the Brewers came to bat in the fourth with a 3-2 lead.
After walking Crawford to lead off the inning, Hill fielded Samardzija’s bunt and fired to second to start a double play. Jungmann kept the Giants off the board again to maintain the 3-2 lead.
Capuano came in to pitch in the sixth inning and Angel Pagan hit the first pitch into the right field corner for a triple. Capuano got Panik to ground out to first and Pagan held at third. Blaine Boyer came in to pitch with one out and a runner on third. Posey drove the ball to left field and Pagan scored on the sacrifice fly. Boyer got out of the inning with the score tied at 3.
A pair of one-out hits in the sixth inning drove Samardzija out of the game in favor of George Kontos. Villar drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with only one out, but Santana grounded into a double play and the score remained tied at 3.
Gennett led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Carter to give the Brewers the lead. Blazek worked around a leadoff walk to hold the score at 4-3.
The Giants came up in the ninth still needing a run to tie it up. Jeffress came in to close it out for the Brewers. He set the side down in order to seal the Brewers’ first win of the season.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Chorizo
Matt Garza received bad news about his sore shoulder. What looked like just mild discomfort turned out to be a right lat strain that landed him on the disabled list. He will likely be out four to six weeks. Tyler Cravy was recalled from AAA Colorado Springs to bolster the bullpen.
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