Brewers sweep twin bill from Giants, 2-1 & 4-2

Milwaukee Brewers Luis Urias is laid out after getting beaned by a San Francisco Giants pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning at American Family Stadium in Milwaukee Thu Sep 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Thursday, September 8, 2022

The Milwaukee Brewers made progress in their quest for a National League playoff berth with a doubleheader sweep of San Francisco Thursday at American Family Stadium.

The Brewers won the first game 2-1 and the second game 4-2. Milwaukee is 2 ½ games behind Philadelphia for the third NL Wild Card spot. The Giants are 10 games behind in the Wild Card race.


The Giants took a 1-0 lead on Mike Yastrzemski’s RBI double to right-center, driving in LaMonte Wade. Milwaukee went ahead to stay in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back run-scoring douibles by Christian Yelich and Hunter Renfroe.

Corbin Burnes (10-6) gave up a run on three hits over eight innings while striking out 14 without a walk. Devin Williams earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth.

Jakob Junis (4-5), the second of three Giants pitchers, took the loss. Junis threw six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. He also gave up three hits. Tyler Rogers finished up with a scoreless eighth.


Milwaukee jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Mike Brosseau and Willy Adames both scored when Evan Longria committed an error on Hunter Renfroe’s infield grounder. Christian Yelich moved to second on the play and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Keston Hiura.

The Brewers padded their lead in the sixth when Garrett Mitchell doubled to the gap in left-center, driving in Luis Urias.

San Francisco battled back with one run in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Mike Yastrzemski scored when Luis Gonzalez hit into a fielder’s choice. Joc Pederson’s solo home run in the eighth cut the Brewers lead to 4-2.

Both teams used a bullpen game. Freddy Peralta worked the first two innings for Milwaukee, followed by winning pitcher Peter Strzelecki (2-1), who struck out two in two scoreless innings. Taylor Rogers picked up his 31st save.

Giants opener Alex Young (0-1) gave up an earned run on one hit and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. Young was followed by Sean Hjelle, Dominic Leone and Luis Ortiz.

The Giants continue their road trip in Chicago with a weekend series against the Cubs. Carlos Rodon (12-7, 2.92) is on the mound for San Francisco on Friday, facing the Cubs’ Drew Smyly (5-8, 3.84).

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Kapler made tough choice between Wynns or Knapp for back up catcher

San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart congratulates pitcher Camilo Doval after Mon Aug 8, 2022 contest at Oracle Park in San Francisco in a win over the San Diego Padres. Bart has returned to the Giants line up after being on the IL due to a concussion (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler had to choose between back up catchers Austin Wynns or Andrew Knapp to send to Triple A Sacramento with Joey Bart returning to the line up. Kapler went with Wynns because he had performed well and he’s done everything that Kapler has asked him to do.

#2 Kapler did manage Knapp when they were in Philadelphia and said Knapp’s work was commendable but Knapp didn’t have the local ties and wasn’t a switch hitter and that made the decision for which catcher to demote tough.

#3 Brandon Belt who had knee surgery last Saturday is in a wait and see situation. The team captain is hoping that he can get back in the line up at first base by next season if the rehab goes well enough. Belt has been on the club for many years including on the 2012 and 2014 World Championship teams.

#4 Giants outfielder Austin Slater tried his hand at color analysis on the Giants radio network with Giants play by play announcer Dave Fleming. Slater got a positive response when he did color during Giants trip to Los Angeles. Slater is currently on the IL so he has time to do some color.

#5 The Giants Friday open a three game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants and Cubs have not announced starters yet but with the Cubs 9.5 games and the Giants 9 games out of the wild card they will be flexible on choosing prospects to start.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Giants end first half winning seven of their last nine games

San Francisco Giants designated hitter Brandon Belt showed what the meaning of splendid splinter means breaking his bat for a bottom of the second inning RBI single. Belt would later hit a home run against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jul 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 Marko, San Francisco Giants starter Logan Webb is on a roll he picked up his ninth win on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers with an outing of six innings pitched, four hits, two earned runs, and five strikeouts.

#2 The Giants got some long ball help in the four run win over the Brewers 9-5 with a bottom of the third inning home run by LeMonte Wade Jr for 372 foot for a three run blast.

#3 Brandon Belt also got into the act with a 368 foot two run blast in the bottom of the sixth that put the Giants up 9-1 Belt is seeing the ball very well in the end of the first half of the season.

#4 Marko, wanted to talk to you about the Giants All Star selections starting with pitcher Carlos Rodon 8-5 ERA 2.66 and Joc Pederson .252 with 35 runs, 17 home runs, and 42 RBIs both who will represent the Giants at the All Star Game.

#5 Lastly the Giants have come on strong to close out the first half with seven wins in nine games talk a little about how they had that success and how you see them for the second half of the season.

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LeMonte Wades into McCovey Cove with home run; Giants defeat Brewers 9-5 at Oracle to close out first half

LeMonte Wade Jr belts a third inning three run home run for the San Francisco Giants against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jul 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

Milwaukee       (50-43).          5.  9.  2

San Francisco (48-43).           9 12.  0

Sunday, July 27, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO-Saturday, it was Cobb; Sundady, it was Webb. Saturday, Alex Cobb wove a web of seven inning, four hit, no earned runs baseball, to guide the Giants to a heart pounding 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. That feat left the visitor’s record at 50-42 and their hosts’ at 47-43. Today, Logan Webb handled Milwaukee with ease, giving the Giants an almost tension free 9-5 win.

Webb entered the game with a  sterling mark of 8-3, 2.82, thanks largely to his judicious mixture of sliders and changeups.  The 25 year old righty left the game after hurling 6+ innings and allowing just a first inning run on a four bagger by Willy Adames and three scattered singles and two walks.

Webb had, however, left a runner on first who later scored a posthumous run, which was charged to his account. He struck five out five and threw a total of 88 pitches, of which 34 were balls. He earned his ninth win against three setbacks and saw his ERA rise from 2.82 to 2.83.

On the mound, starting for the visitors was the 24 year old lefty Aaron Ashby, in the second season of his MLB career, making his first appearance against San Francisco. Before today, the only Giant against whom he’d thrown a ball in anger was Joc Pederson, whom he walked.

Ashby took the mound at 2-6, 4.37. He´s both  started and relived this year, so, at first, it wasn´t clear if he was working today as a starter or an opener, especially when Jason Alexander, who originally had been announced as the probable pitcher for the Brewers, began warming up in their bullpen during the first inning.

Ashby ended up getting credit for pitching but one inning, leaving a posthumous runner on third with no outs in the second frame.

It didn’t take long for the Brew Crew to take the lead. ten pitches into the game, Willy Adames lifted a 91mph slider 424 feet into the left center field bleachers for a one out solo home run, the 19th of the year.

That run, the 51st batted in by the Brewers’ shortstop, was all the damage the visitors were able to inflict on Webb that inning.

The Giants counterattacked in their half of the initial frame. Austin Slater opened it with a ground double to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch to Brandon Belt, pinch hitting for Yermín Mercedes. Wilmer Flores´s sacrifice fly to center knotted the score at one and foiled the Curse of the Leadoff Double.

Mike Yastdrezmski´s lead off double against the left centerfield field wall and advancement to third on Jonathan Davis´s error settled the question of Ashby´s status. He was an opener; Jason Alexander left the bullpen and came to the mound. He fanned Joey Bart and LaMonte Wade, Jr. before issuing a free pass to Slater. 

Belt dropped a broken bat single to right that plated Yaz and sent Slater to second. He continued on to third, where he was thrown out by Hunter Renfroe’s strong throw. The Giants challenged the call, but Doug Eddings upheld it from New York. The Curse of the Leadoff Double was 0 for 2, and the Giants’ left the inning ahead, 2-1.

The hits just kept coming in the Giants’ third. A leadoff single to right by Flores; another base knock to right by Longoria; a double. off the right field wall by Pederson, and San Francisco was leading by two runs with men on second and third with nobody out.

That’s when the hits stopped coming, with Alexander getting a couple of ground outs. But then Joey Bart beat out a slow bounder to third to drive in Longoria with the second Giant run of the inning.

Wade accounted for their third, fourth, and fifth tallies of the frame by sending a slider into McCovey Cove for a splash hit, the third of his career and also his third home run of the season. Incidentally, it gave the Giants a margin of 7-1.

They upped that lead a couple of notches in the sixth on a walk to Slater and Belt’s 368 foot blast to right for his third round tripper in seven games.

After Webb granted a base on ball to Andrew McCutchen to open the visitors’ seventh, Jakob Judis, recently returned from the IL, took over and, after striking out Wong, surrendered a single to left by Jace Peterson, followed by a double to the same field by by Renfroe that allowed both runners to score, cutting the Giants’ lead to 9-3.

After Connor Sadzek relieved the badly battered Alexander following the seventh inning rituals and kept the Giants off the board, Judis allowed the Brew Crew to make a game of it, surrendering a solid single to left by Yellich and a 411 foot monster shot to Rowdy Tellez to center that closed the gap between the teams to 9-5.

Kapler, Bailey & Co. called on Camilo Doval to close down the Brewers in ninth. He earned his 13th save in 15 attempts, setting Milwaukee down in order with a little help from a spectacular catch in left by Pederson for the second out.

The Giants entered the all-star break on an upbeat note, winning three straight and looking good.

Giants get go ahead run in 8th to win a squeaker over Brewers 2-1

Milwaukee (50-42). 1. 6. 0

San Francisco (47-43). 2. 4. 2

Saturday, July 16, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

The San Francisco Giants center fielder Austin Slater (13) can’t quite reach a ball hit by the Milwaukee Brewers Hunter Renfroe in the top of the eighth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco. It didn’t hurt the Giants chances as they came back for the victory in the bottom of the ninth. (AP News photo)

SAN FRANCISCO-Friday night’s dramatic Giant come from behind victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers was a hard act to follow. Saturday afternoon’s set between the two rivals, a 2-1 Giants win, managed to do that.

Before the game, the Giants announced the return of two players from the injured list and the placement of two others on it. Rejoining the team are pitcher Jacob Junis and third baseman Evan Longoria.

Going on the IL for 15 and 10 day, respectively, are right handed pitcher Mauricio Llovera, left last night’s contest in the fatidic fifth with what turned out to be a strained right flexor, and Crawford, Longoria’s partner on the left side of the infield. The veteran shortstop has been hampered by injuries all season long; his current one is an inflamed right knee.

The Giants’ starting pitcher also has been a visitor to the injured list. A neck strain kept him on it for 15 days, and this was his sixth start since his June 19 return to active duty. He went 0-2 since then with three no decisions and brought a 3-4, 4.57 mark to the game.

He was brilliant this afternoon, holding Milwaukee to one, unearned, run on four hits and no walks over 7-1/3 innings. He threw 99 pitches, 35 of which were balls. For all that, he went home with a no decision and an ERA reduced to 4.09.

Cobb’s opposite number, lefty Eric Lauer, came to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Luis Urías to the middle west. The five year veteran hurler brought a 6-3, 3.83 mark with him to this, his 17th start of the season.

His performance matched Cobb’s in its brilliance. He lasted seven frames and surrendered a single, earned, run, on only two hits, one of which went the distance, and three walks. He threw 108 pitches, 66 for strikes. He, too, got a no decision and a lowered ERA, 3.65.

The teams traded zeroes until, with two down in the bottom of the sixth, Darin Ruf unloaded on a 94mph four seamer that travelled 377 feet before landing in the left field bleacher. It was the Giants’ first baseman’s ninth home run and 32nd run batted in for the season and put the home team up, 1-0. A fragile lead, but, with the way Cobb, who had thrown only 71 pitches at that point, was dealing with the Brew Crew, a significant one.

That lead became more tenuous when Hunter Renfroe led off the Milwaukee eighth with. a double that sent Austin Slate turning one way and then another one the running track in front of the center field fence Slater misplayed the rebound, allowing Renfroe to take third on the error.

Omar Narváez brought him home with the tying tally on sac fly to left, ending Cobb´s shut out and his day’s work. John Brebbia took over for him. Brebbia walked number nine hitter Jonathan Davis on a full count, and the speedy centerfielder proceeded steak second.

The Giants challenged the call, but it was upheld on review. Christian Yellich struck out, and Bart turned Davis’s attempt at a repeat into a strike ’em out, throw ’em out inning ending double play.

Leading off the bottom of the eighth against Brent Siuter, Bart took a full count change up that home plate umpire Pat Hoberg thought was a strike. Slater and Flores hit back to back singles to left, putting runners on first and second.

Ruf grounded into an unassisted force out at third. That brought Jandel Gustave into the game for the second day in a row. He hit Longoria with a 95 MPH sinker, loading the bases with two outs for Yermín Mercedes.

The count went to two and two, and then came the climactic anticlimax: Hoberg called a balk on Gustave, and San Francisco was ahead, 2-1. Mercedes then took a called third strike. The umpire giveth, and the umpire taketh away.

Dominic Leone came to attempt the save. Adames legged out a hit to deep short and took second when Leone’s pick off throw went wild. But the lion hearted reliever buckled down to retire Tellez, McCutchen, and Wong in order, the last on a called third strike. Brebbia got the win and now is 5-1, 2.45. The save went to Leone, his second in four opportunities.

The loss was charged to Suter, whose record now stands at 1-3, 4.58.

The Giants will go for three in a row Sunday at 1:05, They’ll send Logan Webb (8-3,2.82) against the Brewers Aaron Ashby (2-6, 4.37).

Yaz has the Pizazz strokes game winning grand slam in SF’s 8-5 win over Milwaukee

San Francisco Giants Mike Yastrzemski (5) circles the bases after hitting a ninth inning home run against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers that gave the Giants the win at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Jul 15, 2022 (AP News photo)

Milwaukee (50-41). 5. 6. 0

San Francisco (46-43). 8. 11. 2

Friday, July 15, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–This Friday evening, a day after releasing their veteran southpaw closer, Jake McGee, the Giants sent Alex Wood, a veteran left handed starter, to the mound against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, who, the night before, had foiled the Giants’ chances for a come from behind victory when their bullpen failed to contain a 10th inning Milwaukee offensive surge. This time the Giants played come back kid with a bottom of the ninth Brewer 5-4 lead and the bases loaded Mike Yastrzemski had something to say about it with a grand slam game winning home run to help defeat the Brew Crew 8-5.

Wood is a sinker, slider, change of pace artist whose effectiveness rises and falls noticeably as the game progresses. Before today, his opponents’ 2022 batting average oscillated between .259 with an OPS of .683 in their first at bat; 23 and .619 in the second; and, in the third, a hefty .357, 9.43.

I certainly don’t want to question the widom’s of McGee’s release, and now’s not the time to examine how much of Thursday’s defeat, or even the orange and black’s inability to stifle the Brew Crew’s offense, was the fault of Camilo Doval, who took the loss for the home team.

After all, it was a meek single on a swinging bunt that did him and the Giants in. That’s one reason why we should take the expected ERA statistic, in which a low average exit velocity improves a pitcher’s rating, with a grain of salt.

The concern is that the Giants’ bullpen is not as reliable as it was last year and that the team as a whole suffers from the lament that Bette Davis sang in “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” “They’re Either Too Young or Too Old,” available on the device of your choosing at

The Brewers entered the game at 50-40, putting them at the top of the National League Central Division, a game and a half in front of the St. Louis Cardinals, who, in turn, were a game ahead of the 45-43 Giants for the last wild card berth.

In tonight’s thrilling 8-5 Giants win, Woodruff went 5-2/3 frames, leaving with a 5-2 lead and. a runner on first. Milwaukee’s starter allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits, five walks, and a hit batter. He threw 112 pitchers, 65 considered strikes. All he got for. it was a no decision and an improved ERA of 3.93.

For his part, Wood lasted 4-2/3 innings, during which he threw 84 pitches, 56 counting as strikes. He allowed three runs, all posthumous and none earned, on four hits and no walks over 4-2/3 innings, striking out seven. For this he, too, got a no decision and a slight reduction of his ERA, 4.20.

The Giants drew first blood in their half of the second frame. With two out and David Villar, who had been hit by a pitch, on first. Joey Bart, who seems to be finding his swing after returning from Sacramento, knocked a solid single to left.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., followed by hammering a 95mph four seamer against the home run leader sign just to the right of the 415 foot sign in right center field, sending the hosts up, 2-0.

Milwaukee benefited from some inadequate Giant infield work in the top of the fifth to take the lead. After Wood had fanned Luis Urías and Pedro Severino, Kolten Wong hit a grounder to the left of Villar, that skipped just under the third basemańs glove. Jonathan Davis followed with another grounder to third.

This one bounced off the bag, and Davis just barely beat Vilar´s throw to first. ChristianYelllich hit what could have been an inning ending bounder to Wade at first, but the ball bounded off his glove for an error that scored Wong and sent Davis around to third. That ended Wood´s night.

Tyler Rogers came on to walk Willy Adames on a full count, Andrew McCutchen doubled to left, Rogers hit Rowdy Telle hitting for Mike Brouseeau, with a pitch, Hunter Renfoe beat out a roller to the mound, Urías walked, and, by the time Severino popped out to Bart, San Francisco was trailing, 5-2.

Maurcio Llovera, who came on in the sixth also suffered from Defective Infield Syndrome. Wong led off with a pop up near second base that the ill fated Villar, playing the shift, led clang off his glove for an error. But, in spite of a free pass to Yellich, he escaped the frame unscored upon

Once Woodruff had reached a pitch count of 112 with two down in the bottom of the sixth, Hoby Milner relieved him, getting Wade out on a dying fly that Wong made a fine diving grab of at second. He stayed in the game to set the Giants down in order in the seventh before yielding to Jandel Gustave in the eighth.

Llovera was forced to leave the game with an unspecified injury after retiring Renfoe for the second out in the top of the seventh. From the look of things, my guess is that it was a bister. Llovera was relieved by Yunior Marte, who ended the frame by getting Urías to fly out to center.

Marte hung around through a scoreless eighth, although he did clog the basebaths with a hit batter and two walks. Sam Long pitched the ninth and made short work of the Brewers, setting them down with only a 3-2 walk to sully an otherwise perfect inning.

Josh Hader threw the ninth for the Brewers. Joey Bart, still finding his swing greeted him by blasting his first offering 386 feet into the left field bleachers. It was the Giants’ catcher’s sixth homer and 11th RBI of the year an;d closed the gap to 5-3.

After Wade flew out to right center, Darin Ruf, who had entered the game to pinch hit for Pederson in seventh narrowed the game even further with a 429 foot solo shot to left center. Slater singled to right and almost got picked off first but instead kept running towards second and stole the bag.

Yermín Mercedes, hitting for Belt. got a painful trip to first when Hader plunked him. Then Estrada loaded the bases with at Texas League single to right, bringing Yastrzemski to bat with the game on the line.

On Hader’s first pitch, Yaz blasted a 96mph sinker 420 feet into the center field night for a grand slam walk off and a Giant win.

The win. went to Long, his first against two losses. His ERA now is 3.00.

Hader (0-4,50) was charged with loss and his second blown save of the year.

We’ll see if the Giants can continue their bounce back tomorrow, when they’ll send Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.57) against Milwaiukee’s Eric Lauer (6-3, 3.83). Game time is 4:15.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants open four game series against Brewers tonight at Oracle

San Francisco Giant shortstop Brandon Crawford (middle right) gets the waterworks after hitting a bottom of the ninth inning walk off single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed Jul 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford got the gamer for the Giants with the score tied 3-3 Crawford hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a walk off win at Oracle Park in San Francisco 4-3.

#2 The Giants got home run help from Wilmer Flores to tie up the ball game 3-3 in the eighth. For Flores his 12th home run of the season.

#3 In the bottom of the seventh Brandon Belt swung for a home run and the Giants would take two out of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

#4 Reliever Camilo Doval improved to 3-4 in the top of the ninth striking out two hitters and didn’t give up a run to keep the 3-3 tie going to the bottom of the ninth.

#5 The Milwaukee Brewers open a four game series on Thursday night against the Giants at Oracle. The Brewers will send Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.20) to the mound against the Giants Carlos Rodon (8-5, 2.70) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Jeremy Harness: Giants face Brewers in one game match today at Miller Park after three game sweep of Nationals

San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) adds to the score on an RBI single by Wilmer Flores as Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left tries to apply the tag in vain at Nationals Park in DC on Sun Apr 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Jeremy:

#1 The Giants have had a lot of success in the early innings of games this season and they went right to work in the first two innings of Sunday’s game leading after two innings 4-1 in Washington. Joc Pederson hit a home run to lead off in the first inning and he did not look back.

#2 The Giants continued to extend their lead in the second inning when Joc Pederson hit a sacrifice and Thairo Estrada scored from third base. Pederson at the plate has been keeping the offense going and the Giants continuing to pile on in the three game series sweep of the Washington Nationals.

#3 Brandon Belt came to bat and tripled in the second driving Joey Bart home to extend the lead 4-1. Belt seeing the ball well and contributing in big ways towards Giant leads.

#4 The Giants added six more runs in the top of the ninth inning and ran away with an uncontested game 12-3 this was second in this three game sweep where the Giants have won by six or more runs.

#5 The Giants get right back at it again with a one game match up later today in Milwaukee’s Miller Park against the Brewers (10-6) starting for the Giants Sam Long (0-0 ERA 0.00) and for the Brewers Corbin Burnes (1-0 ERA 2.37) a 3:10 pm PDT first pitch.

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Red Sox wait for Astros or White Sox; Braves on the brink; Giants coming off some miracle pitching need one more

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (left) is Amaury’s pick for the 2021 Manager of the Year Award here he has a laugh with bench coach Tim Hyers (right) during game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays Sat Oct 9, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 The Boston Red Sox who have had their share of walk off wins now wait for their next opponent after getting a ninth inning walk off in their game four victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The Red Sox will face either the Houston Astros or the Chicago White Sox.

#2 The Houston Astros who have a 2-1 ALDS series lead over the Chicago White Sox tonight at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago need one more to advance to the ALCS and face the Boston Red Sox. But not before battling with Tony LaRussa’s White Sox. Chicago knows they have their backs to the wall against a very well prepared Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.

#3 The Atlanta Braves have had just nothing short of great pitching in their last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The Braves got two back to back shutouts by scores of 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series after the Brewers took game 1. The Brewers will be starting Eric Lauer a left hander against the Braves Charlie Morton in game five today at Trusit Park in Cobb County.

#4 The San Francisco Giants got their wins on shutouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers mighty line up. The Dodgers are without Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw during this NLDS did that handicap them? The Dodgers got an offensive outburst in game 2 with a 9-2 win against Giants starter Kevin Gausman. The Giants got shutouts out of pitchers Logan Webb and Alex Webb in games 1 and 2 but really depend on starter Anthony DeScafani who matches up against the Dodgers Tony Gonsolin in game four tonight at Dodgers Stadium.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: A look at what turned a winning club to a struggling club

San Francisco Giant Donovan Solano who pinched hit and played shortstop on Tue Aug 24th in his last game before going on the Covid IL against the New York Mets at Citi Park in New York will be finishing up his quarantine in a New York hotel and could be joining the Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco this weekend during the Los Angeles Dodgers series (file photo from

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, After losing four straight games and the first three games of the four game series to the Milwaukee Brewers the San Francisco Giants saw the Brewers on Wednesday night score in the earlier innings and the later innings meaning two in the second and two in the top of the ninth in a 5-2 three run loss.

#2 The loss also meant that after having the best winning record of 108 days since May 30th the tide has turned and the Giants who were in first in the NL West have slipped to second behind the Los Angeles Dodgers by a half game.

#3 Manager Gabe Kapler is not in panic mode but did say after last night’s game that he wants a change in position how concerned after going .500 losing five of their last ten does Kapler have to be.

#4 The Covid situation has snake bitten the team, could you update us on the status of the Giants Covid 19 Injured List consisting of pitcher Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto who returned on Wednesday, and Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele who are wrapping up their seven day quarantine in a New York hotel today. Also Evan Longoria took a cortisone shot how soon do you see his return?

#5 Michael if you had to put a finger on some the things that have gone wrong or what needs to be corrected for the Giants since they left the New York series last week losing two of three in Atlanta and coming back home and losing the first three games to the Brewers.

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