By: Jay Kennedy
Don’t tell the Milwaukee Brewers that every even year itisn’t the Giants’ destiny to win the World Series. The Giants, behind pitcher, Johnny Cueto, hand the Brewers their second loss in as many days, beating Milwaukee, 2-1. It was Johnny Cueto’s first start since signing a 6 year, $130 million dollar contract in the offseason following a World Series championship run with the Kansas City Royals. He scattered 6 hits over 7 innings, allowing the single run, in the victory. Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson was equally as good, only allowing 5 hits in 7.1 innings and at times, reportedly, hit 96 mph on the radar gun. However, he hung a changeup to SS Brandon Crawford in the 3rd inning that Crawford drove over the wall for a homerun and he deflected a ball headed to 2B Scooter Gennett that most likely would have been a double play in the 4th. Instead, it loaded the bases with nobody out. Nelson would get out of the inning but not before he allowed the go-ahead run on 3B Matt Duffy’s groundout. It would be all that San Francisco would need as setup man, Sergio Romo, pitched a hitless 8th and closer, Santiago Casilla, picked up the save by striking out 2 of 3 in the 9th.
Milwaukee scored its lone run in the bottom of the 2nd inning, taking a 1-0 lead, when C Jonathan Lucroy scored from 3rd as CF Ramon Flores grounded into a double play. The Brewers best chance came in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Jonathan Villar led off with a double. Jimmy Nelson sacrificed him to third. Domingo Santana reached first base, when Villar, running on contact, was thrown out at home on a bang-bang play by Crawford. 2B Scooter Gennett singled, sending Santana to 3rd. LF Ryan Braun ended the inning by striking out on a 3-2 pitch, a pitch that Braun acknowledged by tipping his cap to Cueto as Braun went back to the dugout.
The two teams go at it again on Wednesday afternoon, 12:40 pm, when the Giants’ RHP Jeff Samardzija takes the mound against Milwaukee’s RHP Taylor Jungmann. Samardzija is another offseason signing by San Francisco. They gave the Cub’s free agent, 5 years, $90 million dollars, to join their revamped starting rotation. However, he has not faired well in Miller Park, going 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA. Jungmann was 1-3, 5.71 ERA in 5 starts, in spring training.
The Brewers acquired LHP Sam Freeman last night from the Texas Rangers for cash. RHP Ariel Pena, 27.00 ERA in 1.2 innings, was designated for assignment. Freeman will join the team Wednesday.
Starting Brewer pitcher, Matt Garza, was placed on the 15 day disabled list. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the back muscle injury. RHP Tyler Cravy has been called up from AAA Colorado Springs.