After Milwaukee broke out for its most runs of the season, Kyle Lohse hopes his Brewers teammates have enough offense left over to provide him with some much-needed support.
Looking for another strong outing, Lohse tries to help the Brewers to a third straight victory Wednesday night against the visiting San Francisco Giants .
Lohse (0-1, 2.08 ERA) has pitched well during the first two starts of his Milwaukee career, but has nothing to show for it. The right-hander allowed a run in six innings of a 3-1 loss to Arizona on April 5, then gave up two over seven in a 2-0 defeat against his former team in St. Louis on Friday."It's a shame you get those kind of outings and sometimes you just don't score," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke of Lohse, who signed a three-year, $33 million free agent deal on March 25. "But if he keeps throwing like that, we're going to have a nice year with him."
Lohse's teammates would love to provide him with the kind of support they gave their pitching staff in Tuesday's 10-8 win over San Francisco (9-5). Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam and Carlos Gomez homered for one of his three hits as the Brewers (4-8) used an eight-run third-inning to win two straight for the first time in 2013.
Milwaukee was shut out in consecutive games at St. Louis before Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Cardinals."It sure was nice to see us scoring all those runs," Roenicke said. "Another big inning. That seems to be us. We seem to be big innings and not consistent through a game, but I'll certainly take that."
Gomez is 6 for 9 in the last two games to raise his average from .162 to .261.
Teammate Ryan Braun , however, is mired in a 1-for-17 slump. He's struck out 10 times during that stretch, including four Tuesday. Braun's 1 for 2 with a homer against scheduled San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 7.15).
Though the right-hander has struggled out of the gate, he retired the last 10 batters he faced despite giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday."He was out of sync, even said he was having a hard time getting the ball where he wanted," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But he got in a good groove there after (allowing four runs in the third inning) and started getting pitches where he wanted and he got in a good rhythm there."
Vogelsong also has benefited from an offense that's scored 13 runs during his two starts.
He is 2-2 with a 6.18 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, but did not face them last season and has not made a start at Miller Park since 2004 for Pittsburgh.
Sandoval is batting .361 (13 for 36) with 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak. He's 3 for 8 versus Lohse, who is 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA in seven starts against San Francisco.
That included last season's NLCS when Lohse allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings of St. Louis' 3-1 Game 3 victory, but yielded five in two innings of a 9-0 loss in Game 7.
|San Francisco Giants|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|April 13, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Right wrist soreness|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Pill||15-Day DL||Recovery from minor knee surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Pill||15-Day DL||Recovery from minor knee surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Eric Surkamp||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee strain|
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 07, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left quad|
|April 07, 2013||Chris Narveson||15-Day DL||Sprained middle finger|
|April 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|April 05, 2013||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Neck spasms|
|March 25, 2013||Mark Rogers||15-Day DL||Right shoulder instability|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rarely used, Blake Lalli quickly showed he was totally prepared.
On the first pitch, the pinch-hitter lifted a long single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Francisco Giants 4-3.
"He was in looking at videos, he was looking at the pitcher throw and he knew what he wanted to do with the first pitch," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Lalli is a very smart guy. He knew what he wanted to do in that situation."
With the score tied, one out and the outfielders playing in, Lalli stepped to the plate for just the sixth time this season.
Lalli lofted a deep fly ball well over the head of left fielder Gregor Blanco for his first hit of 2013. Milwaukee extended its longest winning streak this year to three.
"That was fun," said Lalli, who had two hits and two RBIs in six games last year while making his major league debut with the Cubs. "If you come off the bench, that's a situation you want to be in - having a chance to win the game. He's an aggressive pitcher, so, yeah, I was definitely looking to swing early."
Jonathan Lucroy singled to start the Brewers' ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Prince . After Alex Gonzalez popped out on his sacrifice bunt attempt, Carlos Gomez hit a grounder in the hole. Shortstop Brandon Crawford ran to his right to field it, but his throw to first was wide, allowing the runners to advance to second and third - it was scored an infield hit and an error.
"Looking back, I think I would've had him with a good throw," Crawford said. "So if it happened again, I'd try to get the out at first."
With the speedy Gomez trying to beat out the infield single, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said it would be hard to resist the temptation of holding the ball and not making a risky throw.
Bochy saw the play a little differently than Crawford.
"I'm sure he realizes now, the way he runs, he didn't have a shot there. He's so good over there though. Occasionally we're going to make mistakes. A tough time to make one, obviously, but he's as good as there is there at short."
Yuniesky Betancourt was then intentionally walked by Santiago Casilla (1-1), loading the bases for Lalli.
Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched the ninth and got Crawford to fly out with Blanco on second base.
Hunter Pence drove in two runs for the Giants and Betancourt did the same for the Brewers.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse did not allow a hit through the first five innings as Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead.
San Francisco used five singles to score three times in the sixth.
Crawford led off with a solid line drive to right field to break up Lohse's no-hit bid. After a sacrifice by pitcher Ryan Vogelsong , Angel Pagan hit an RBI single.
Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval also singled to load the bases for Buster Posey . He struck out, but Pence followed with a two-run single just past diving shortstop Jean Segura into center to make it 3-all.
Lohse got out of the jam by getting Brandon Belt to fly out. Lohse retired the first 14 batters he faced and wound up going seven innings.
"I felt good," Lohse said. "Just kind of ran into trouble that one inning and couldn't get the put-away pitch. I had several guys on the ropes and just couldn't execute the one pitch to get out of it. Overall, I felt really good."
Vogelsong started out strong on the mound as well, allowing just one hit in the first four innings. Betancourt led off the third with a homer to left-center field, one day after hitting a grand slam in a 10-8 victory over San Francisco.
Milwaukee increased its lead to 3-0 in the fifth thanks to a run-scoring triple by Gomez and a sacrifice fly by Betancourt.
"I felt a lot better today," Vogelsong said, "but still not perfect."
NOTES: Sandoval and Crawford each extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. ... Lohse was with St. Louis last season when he allowed six hits and five runs in only two innings of a 9-0 loss to the Giants in Game 7 of the NL championship series. ... Before the game, San Francisco put LHP Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. RHP Jean Machi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take his place. ... Yovani Gallardo , who was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Tuesday morning, pitches for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.