San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt connects for a two run home run in the 11th inning. The Giants scored four runs in the top of the 11th to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Sat Aug 7, 2021 (AP News photo)
~ By Pearl Allison Lo
~ August 7, 2021
~ With the game almost written as San Francisco Giants (70-41) was down to their final out, speed and defense combined to change the game and the Giants got the final lift and their 70th win in 11 innings defeating the Milwaukee Brewers (66-45) 9-6.
While it was another close 2-1 game, extra innings for the second game in a row for both clubs was not necessarily on the radar. It was, though, San Francisco’s third extended game in a row.
After the Giants were completely shut off the bases the last four innings, a leadoff single to Kris Bryant in the ninth and a misplay by Avisail Garcia in right field, re-tied the game.
Pitcher Brent Suter had come in for the ninth and got Mike Yastrzemski and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf to line and strike out respectively in between. Tommy La Stella was the batter who hit the ball to right field as he made it to third.
Tyler Rogers came in to take down the Brewers in order to bring San Francisco back up to bat.
Milwaukee had to make two pitching changes in the tenth. Miguel Sanchez came in and San Francisco put in pinch-runner Thairo Estrada for Wilmer Flores at second. LaMonte Wade hit a leadoff single and got to second on an error made by Garcia.
Sanchez then issued an intentional walk to Brandon Belt to load the bases and Buster Posey made it 4-2 with a single up the middle. Brandon Crawford then used a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2 before Sanchez walked Bryant and then went off the mound in favor of pitcher Angel Perdomo.
Perdomo got Yastrzemski out, a balk added insult to injury to help runners advance and then Perdomo intentionally walked pinch-hitter Austin Slater to reload the bases before getting the final out.
The Brewers fought back in huge fashion. Manny Pina hit a leadoff home run to make it a one-run game. One out later, Willy Adames tied the game for the fourth time with his own home run.
However, the Giants were not to be outdone, scoring four more runs in the 11th that would finally be enough cushion. With one out, Wade made it 6-5 and Belt followed with his second home run to make it 8-5. A Posey single, Crawford groundout and a Bryant double rounded out the 9-6 game.
Milwaukee added that sixth run in the bottom with two outs as Cain singled in Garcia. Cain stole second but Manny Pina popped out to seal the night. Jake McGee, San Francisco’s ninth pitcher got the win and Sal Romano, the Brewers’ seventh, suffered the loss.
Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff had San Francisco batters swinging the right way in this matchup of the top two teams in baseball.
Woodruff, with the lowest MLB run support, only had one run backing him in each of his two previous losses, with an additional run in this no decision. He started off efficiently, striking out five of the 10 straight batters he retired. Woodruff threw for six innings, giving up six hits, one run, and one walk while striking out eight.
Opposing starter Aaron Sanchez, starting for the first time since May 4th, lasted two innings, giving up four hits and one run as he threw 46 pitches.
The Brewers’ Eduardo Escobar got the hitting going with a double in the bottom of the first inning. Milwaukee also got the Giants’ bullpen active in the second with runners on first and second and one out as Sanchez’s pitches climbed.
Milwaukee made it on base each inning so far and the third was no exception as Sanchez Issued a leadoff walk to Kolten Wong. Adames took advantage, bringing Wong back to home plate with a RBI double. This took Sanchez out and brought in former Brewers’ pitcherJay Jackson.
In the fourth, the Giants finally broke through Woodruff with Belt’s second home run in as many games, both coming with one out. Posey and Crawford then followed up with base hits and Bryant got a walk to load the bases. After the second mound visit of the inning, Woodruff was able to keep his strikeout per inning streak alive, getting Yastrzemski. Woodruff then got Alex Dickerson to pop out to keep the game tied.
It did not take long for Milwaukee to thank Woodruff for keeping the game close as Tyrone Taylor led off with a triple and Cain made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the second half.
San Francisco got more runners in scoring position with one out but Woodruff was able to get the final out by strikeout. This happened in the fifth when Donovan Solano, pinch hitting for the second game in a row, hit a one-out double on his ninth pitch of his at-bat. In the sixth, Crawford and Bryant got on first and second with singles.
The bottom of the sixth was the first time the Giants kept the Brewers off the bases.
Mikwaukee’s Christian Yelich made his return from the Covid-19 injury list, pinch hitting in the seventh.
Up Next: The Giants will be back at it to finish the series Sunday at 11:10am before returning home.