By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO — Sadly, this was not the way that the San Francisco Giants wanted to end their homestand; a demoralizing loss.
Christian Yelich, Yasmani Grandal, Marcus Thames and Travis Shaw each picked up two hits, as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged the finale of the three-game series with a 5-3 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 34,603 at Oracle Park.
With the loss in the series finale, the Giants saw their four-game winning streak come to an end and end the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.
Jeff Samardzija gave up runs in four of the five innings he pitched, as Grandal gave the Brewers an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-out single, driving in Ryan Braun.
Samardzija got the first batters of the first inning, but Braun singled, Mike Moustakas singled and Grandal broke the scoreless tie with a single that scored Braun.
Ben Gamel gave the Brewers their second run of the game in the top of the second, as he hit an opposite field single that scored Travis Shaw, who led off the inning with single, went to second on an Orlando Arcia groundout and then later scored.
Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar cut the Brewers lead in half for the Giants in half, as Pillar doubled in Longoria, who tripled to lead off the inning.
Samardzija then helped out his own cause, as he singled up the middle to score Pillar, tying the game.
Yelich continued to have an outstanding season, as he doubled to left field to score Gamel with what proved to be the winning run.
Thames then lengthened the Brewers lead up to two runs, as he tattooed a Samardzija offering off the right-field foul pole.
After the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out, Brandon Belt flew out to center field scoring Pablo Sandoval, who led off the inning with a pinch-hit single in place of Samardzija, who went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out five.
Derek Holland was greeted rather rudely by pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar, as he hit a pinch-hit home run that landed deep into the left field bleachers.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson did not fare in the decision, as he only went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three.
The bizarre play of the game came in the top of the second inning, as Christian Yelich hit a ball that went through the chain linked fence in right-center field for a ground-rule double.
NOTES: Belt saw his 18-game on-base streak come to a halt, as he went 0-for-3 on the afternoon.
Panik walked three times during the game, and it was the second time this season that he walked three times in a game. He also walked three times on May 10 against the Cincinnati Reds, Panik’s career high for walks in a game is four that occurred on August 8, 2016 against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
Longoria picked up his 22nd walk of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning, that matches his total for the entire 2018 season.
Samardzija threw 114 pitches, his most of the season and most since throwing 120 against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 12, 2017.
The second inning run batted in for Samardzija was his first in exactly two years, as his last one came on June 16, 2017, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
When Stephen Vogt hit the two triples on Saturday, he was just the second catcher in San Francisco Giants history to hit two triples in the same game and it was the seventh time since 1908 that a catcher picked up two triples in the same game.
UP NEXT: Tyler Beede takes the mound at Dodger Stadium for the first time on Monday Night, as he will face the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in his major-league career. Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers.
Following the four-game series in Los Angeles, the Giants will finish with three against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.