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
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.