San Francisco Handles Milwaukee 5-4; LaStella’s 8th inning gamer holds up in win

San Francisco Giants Tommy LaStella hits for a game winning RBI single in the eighth inning that stood up for the gamer against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee (AP News photo)

San Francisco Handles Milwaukee 5-4.

By Barbara Mason

Giants Friday and Saturday a look back:The San Francisco Giants (71-41) have really had their work cut out for them with the Milwaukee Brewers (66-46) going extra innings in the two games they have played with them so far. They lost the first one in ten innings 2-1 and won the second in eleven innings by the score of 9-6. Today they take on the Brewers in game three hoping to take the series in a timely manner and avoid anymore extra innings.

The Brewers sit atop their division in the National League Central with a 66-45 record. Yesterday with the win San Francisco reached the 70 win mark, the best in baseball right now. Today’s game promises to be yet another dogfight.

Giants recap Sunday: San Francisco got on the board early when Darin Ruf homered to give the Giants the lead 1-0. Not to be outdone the Brewers’ Omar Narvaez knocked a homer to center in the fourth inning with one on base taking the lead 2-1.

The Giants had a great opportunity in the sixth inning loading the bases but were only able to score one run still trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the inning. The Brewers extended their lead when Giant pitcher Jose Alvarez threw a wild pitch allowing Eduardo Escobar to score. The Brewers now led 4-2 and were giving San Francisco all they could handle.

Brandon Belt homered in the seventh inning driving Lamonte Wade Jr. home and San Francisco had tied this game 4-4. The Giants would extend their lead in the eighth inning off a double from Brandon Crawford and a single from Tommy La Stella. San Francisco had a slim lead 5-4 going into the ninth inning. It was a tight game but the Giants held onto the lead and won the series 2-1. The final score of the game was 5-4.

San Francisco will have tomorrow off before heading home to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday in a two game series. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:45 PM.

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