Giants 6, Brewers 1

Madison Bumgarner figured the beer shower was coming – even if

he doesn’t turn 21 until August. And that’s exactly what he


The heralded 20-year-old rookie gave up three hits over eight

shutout innings for his first major-league win, and the San

Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Tuesday


“It hasn’t really settled in yet,” a beer-soaked Bumgarner

said in front of his locker, which contained a ball and scorecard

from the game as mementos. “Probably tomorrow morning, it will

kind of set in. It’s a very humbling experience to get a win up

here. This is the best there is. I’m just glad to be pitching up


So are his teammates, who showed their appreciation by dousing

Bumgarner with beer after teammate Barry Zito summoned him to the


The left-hander, making his fourth major league start and third

of the season, gave up three singles, struck out five and walked

three. Bumgarner (1-2) picked up his first career RBI as part of a

five-run Giants sixth.

Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf (6-8) gave up five runs, one earned, in

seven innings, striking out eight and walking four, but Craig

Counsell’s two-run throwing error opened the door to San

Francisco’s big inning.

Even Bumgarner realizes his good fortune.

“Everything pretty much went my way,” he said. “I caught some

breaks this game.”

Bumgarner, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2007 and rated

San Francisco’s No. 2 prospect before the start of the season, has

gone at least seven innings in each game since being recalled from

Triple-A Fresno on June 26.

“To me, it’s his third quality start in a row,” catcher Buster

Posey said. “He threw the ball in and out really well, had that

cutter working, was able to throw the changeup for a strike when he

needed it, and then later in the game he started flipping

curveballs in. He did a great job.”

Milwaukee’s Corey Hart had his 20-game hitting streak


Wolf used a devastating curveball to cruise through five

innings, with some crossing the plate in the upper 60s. But he

found trouble – and was the victim of shoddy defense – in the


Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez walked to open the inning but

Wolf struck out Posey. Torres and Sanchez then executed a double

steal, and Pat Burrell was intentionally walked.

Pablo Sandoval grounded weakly to Counsell at shortstop for what

should have been an easy double play. Instead, Counsell threw

wildly past Rickie Weeks at second and into foul territory behind

first base, scoring two runs.

“He makes that 99 out of 100 times,” Brewers manager Ken Macha

said. “Probably our surest guy.”

The defensive damage continued after Edgar Renteria popped out

to first. Wolf walked Aaron Rowand intentionally, and Travis

Ishikawa lined a single off the glove of Weeks into right field.

Burrell scored, and Sandoval followed after Weeks hesitated before

throwing home. Bumgarner singled to right to score Rowand.

Counsell was in the lineup after costly errors by regular

starter Alcides Escobar in each of the past two games. On Monday,

Escobar booted a potential double-play ball that led to two Giants

runs, as San Francisco beat Milwaukee 6-1. On Sunday, Escobar

committed consecutive errors with two outs in the third inning of a

loss to St. Louis that paved the way for five unearned runs.

“It’s an easy play that I screwed up,” Counsell said. “It’s

as simple as that.”

And it was the turning point for San Francisco.

“We got a break; we know it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

“But you have to take advantage of them too, and I thought we did

a good job of that because Wolf was throwing the ball very


Indeed, Wolf said it was the best he’s thrown all year.

“I felt great,” he said. “It was my best curveball I’ve had

by far this year. It was kind of weird to have one of those

innings, but my past few outings I’ve felt like I’ve got better and

better and better.”

A throwing error helped the Giants score another unearned run in

the eighth, as Ishikawa singled, took second when Coffey threw wide

of second on a sacrifice bunt attempt and scored on a sacrifice fly

by Posey.

Joe Inglett’s RBI single in the ninth off Giants reliever Sergio

Romo broke up the shutout, but it didn’t diminish the outing from


“At 20 years old, he’s got great composure and poise out

there,” Bochy said. “He’s got a good look about him. You like his

presence on the mound.”

NOTES: The Giants are 17-7 against the NL Central. … Milwaukee

placed RHP Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day DL with a left oblique

strain and reinstated LHP Doug Davis from the DL. Davis, on the DL

since May 16 with inflammation of the lining around his heart, will

start Friday against Pittsburgh, the team said. Gallardo’s move was

retroactive to Monday. … RHP Tim Lincecum (8-4, 3.28) starts for

the Giants on Wednesday. He has lost two straight for the second

time this season and fifth time in his career, giving up eight

earned runs and seven walks in nine innings.