Giants rally late to top Brewers, take series

August 23rd, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants at times have been hard-pressed for lucky bounces amid a disappointing season. But -- whose own season took an unlucky turn when he fractured his collarbone in April -- found a stroke of good fortune Wednesday when he tried to check his swing, but instead made contact and dropped a two-run double down the left-field line to help the Giants top the Brewers, 4-2.

Pinch-hitter got the seventh-inning rally started when he doubled. A batter later, got aboard when Brewers reliever misfired a pitch to hit Hernandez. Parker's hit, which registered an exit velocity of 61.6 mph according to Statcast™, helped the Giants take the series win.

"You hear good things happen when you put the ball in play," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did. I don't think that's the swing he was looking for on the first pitch, but it's a break for us, we'll take it. It went our way there on that check swing, which you take. We've had some tough breaks, so we'll take it."

Brewers starter Matt Garza (aka "The Count" for Players Weekend) posted a solid effort after a string of tough starts. He spun five innings of one-run ball while allowing five hits after allowing 18 earned runs over his previous 13 innings. Along the way, he lowered his ERA at AT&T Park to 2.49 in four career starts.

"It's nice to be back on track, but [it's too bad] that we didn't get the W," Garza said.

Giants starter Matt Moore (aka "Matty Moe" for Players Weekend), on the heels of breaking a career-high five-game losing streak, delivered six-plus innings, allowing one run on 's first-inning double.

"For us to come in here and kind of ruin someone's day in three days, it's something for us moving forward that we can build on as a club," Moore said.

In the ninth, Shaw fouled a ball off his foot and drew a walk, but grounded into a double play. X-rays on Shaw's foot, taken after the game, came back negative. added a pinch-hit homer in the next at-bat, the first of his career, but the Brewers couldn't rally off Giants closer Sam Dyson, who picked up his 12th save.

Milwaukee is 3 1/2 games back of the Cubs in the National League Central race and also 3 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.

"We just didn't do enough today," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Pitched well. Their bullpen did a nice job. We just couldn't push that run across."

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Tacking on: The Giants haven't been the best at getting insurance runs this season, but they picked up a key one in the eighth inning when scored on 's sacrifice fly. Crawford and got the inning started with back-to-back singles and both advanced on a wild pitch by .

A silent sixth: The Brewers got out to a fast start in the sixth. singled to center and followed that up with a single. With the Giants' bullpen in motion, Moore shut down the Crew, inducing a flyout and two groundouts from the heart of the Brewers' order.

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"If the hitter could have grabbed the ball and thrown it, he couldn't have put it in a better spot than where he did. Especially on the check swing. That's the craziest part about it." -- Barnes, on Parker's go-ahead RBI double

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Parker's double, hit at 61.6 mph, according to Statcast™, was the second-softest extra-base hit by a Giants player this season. had a 54.9-mph double down the right-field line against the Rockies in June.

WHAT'S NEXT

Brewers: The Crew has Thursday off before opening a series with the red-hot Dodgers Friday in a 9:10 p.m. CT contest in Los Angeles. Chase Anderson (aka "Texas" for Players Weekend) will make his second start since returning from the disabled list. He will battle right-hander (11-5, 3.88 ERA).

Giants: (aka "The Preacher" for Players Weekend) faces the D-backs in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona on Friday night at 6:40 p.m. PT. Blach (8-9, 4.59 ERA) has allowed 12 earned runs over his past two starts, covering 11 1/3 innings.

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