Brewers squeeze by San Francisco
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought a suicide squeeze might be coming. Jonathan Lucroy had no idea.
The catcher’s bases-loaded bunt scored Ryan Braun with one out in the ninth, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over San Francisco on Saturday.
“He hasn’t put a bunt down all year and he’s hitting three-something,” Bochy said. “Once you get behind there’s not much you can do. They executed. That was the game there.”
Lucroy’s well-executed bunt was out of the reach of pitcher Guillermo Mota (2-2). Lucroy said he had to take another look at the sign after being told to bunt, but he got it down and Braun easily scored. The Giants saw their winning streak of five straight at Miller Park snapped.
While the Giants still lead the NL West, they’ve had a rough couple of weeks with a 7-7 record and the loss of catcher Buster Posey to what’s likely a season-ending ankle injury. Bochy acknowledged before the game Saturday that Posey’s injury is still weighing on the minds of his players.
Still, San Francisco rallied with two runs in the eighth after failing to figure out Randy Wolf. Wolf didn’t allow a hit until the fifth and pitched into the eighth, leaving two on and one out for reliever Kameron Loe.
Loe got Freddy Sanchez to hit a grounder, but Casey McGehee, at third base, booted it, allowing Andres Torres to come home. Pat Burrell followed with a run-scoring single that tied it 2-all.
But Milwaukee got a double play to end the inning moments later when Cody Ross hit a grounder to short.
“(We) found a way to tie it and had a good opportunity,” Bochy said. “They just got a double-play ball.”
In the bottom of the eighth, the game was delayed 12 minutes after home plate umpire Mark Wegner tore his right calf muscle and needed to be helped off the field.
NOTES: Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez is one hit away from 1,000. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going .417 over the span. … The Giants activated RHP Santiago Casilla (inflamed elbow) and optioned LHP Dan Runzler to Triple-A Fresno. …Burrell struck out in the first, then slammed his bat so hard into the ground it shattered. … The Giants fell to 8-3 when the game is tied after eight innings and 15-6 in games decided by one run.