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Bases-loaded squeeze lifts Brewers over Giants

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MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy's first game-ending hit in his career at any level went all of about 25 feet.

Lucroy's pinch-hit, bases-loaded suicide squeeze scored Ryan Braun with one out in the ninth, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a wild 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

"I've had go-ahead hits in the eighth and stuff, but I've never had a walkoff, winning hit like that," Lucroy said. "Never in college, nothing. I'm glad it worked out for us today."

Lucroy's well-executed bunt was out of the reach of pitcher Guillermo Mota. Braun easily scored and Lucroy began pumping his fists halfway down the line.

"I'm not that good a bunter," the second-year catcher said. "I saw him kind of give up on it, and I just started yelling and screaming. I hit first base, then I started getting punched in the kidneys by somebody. It was a fun time."

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Milwaukee is 7-1 on this homestand and 20-7 overall at Miller Park this season, the best home mark in the NL. The Brewers have won 14 of 18, and in different ways - none weirder than this one.

"It says a lot about our team, how we face adversity," Lucroy said. "We just do anything we can to win. We can hit home runs to beat you. Today, I got the squeeze that way. We find different ways to beat people. With the way our team's pitching, I think we can give anybody a run for their money."

Braun and Prince Fielder opened with consecutive singles off Mota (2-2) in the ninth. Casey McGehee's groundout moved them to scoring position and Lucroy came up after Yuniesky Betancourt was intentionally walked.

"I've never been part of a squeeze walkoff. That was awesome," Fielder said. "It's just real exciting, if he misses the bunt, everything is messed up. But Lucroy, he got it down. That was awesome. That's a lot of pressure."

Carlos Gomez hit an inside-the-park home run and McGehee added a sacrifice to make it 2-0 early, but the Giants rallied with two runs in part because of a McGehee error in the eighth.

John Axford (1-1) pitched the ninth, working around a two-out single by Emmanuel Burriss.

Milwaukee squandered Randy Wolf's impressive outing after an error led to two runs in the eighth for the Giants. 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 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.

"They battled," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Down two runs, and they found a way to tie and had a good opportunity."

In the bottom of the inning, the game was delayed 12 minutes after home plate umpire Mark Wegner tore the calf muscle in his right leg and needed to be helped off the field.

Gomez made it 1-0 in the bottom of the first after a sharp grounder to right.

Right fielder Cody Ross had taken a poor angle to the ball and it rolled under his glove to the wall while Gomez sped around third and easily home for his third homer this year.

The right-field corner of Miller Park is obscured from view and there were no conclusive TV replays of why Ross couldn't quickly get the ball back to the infield, where he also missed a cutoff throw.

"It should not be an inside-the-park home run," Ross said. "What happened was I went down to go get it and I whiffed, and it got by me. Error. That's it."

It was Milwaukee's first inside-the-park home run since Rickie Weeks' effort on Aug. 7, 2010, against the Astros and 23rd in franchise history.

Jonathan Sanchez, who has struggled with walks all season, had one to Braun cost him in the fourth.

Braun stole second and reached third when catcher Eli Whiteside's throw hopped past Burriss, the shortstop. After Sanchez walked Prince Fielder, McGehee's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

It'd stay that way until San Francisco's late rally, but Milwaukee found a way to win again with another aggressive play.

"I like games like that," Roenicke said. "Hopefully we're in a position where we can do that a few times."

Notes

  • Adrian Johnson will replace Wegner on the crew on Sunday.
  • Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez is one hit away from 1,000.
  • The Giants activated RHP Santiago Casilla (inflamed elbow) and optioned LHP Dan Runzler to Triple-A Fresno.
  • Brewers LHP Zach Braddock (sleep disorder) will pitch in a rehab assignment for three days at Triple-A Nashville beginning Monday.
  • Brewers RF Corey Hart was out of the starting lineup after being ill following Friday night's game.
  • Giants LF Burrell struck out in the first, then slammed his bat so hard into the ground it shattered.
  • With 42,512 in attendance, it was Miller Park's sixth sellout this season.
 
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Jonathan Lucroy lays down a suicide squeeze in the ninth to give the Brewers a one-run win over the Giants.   (Getty Images)
Jonathan Lucroy lays down a suicide squeeze in the ninth to give the Brewers a one-run win over the Giants. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

J. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 2
BB 4
K 8
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Rowand, CF-LF4110000 .247
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010010 .298
Pat Burrell, LF4011021 .230
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Crawford, SS0000000 .333
Cody Ross, RF4000012 .233
Aubrey Huff, 1B3010000 .223
Miguel Tejada, 3B4000002 .212
Emmanuel Burriss, SS4010002 .310
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Eli Whiteside, C3000101 .176
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000012 .238
   a- Andres Torres, PH-CF0100100 .262
Totals3225125  
a-walked for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (13, Wolf)
RBI - Pat Burrell (13)
SB - Emmanuel Burriss (3, 2nd base off Axford/Nieves)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Sanchez-Burriss-Huff
E - Eli Whiteside (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 7222481 3.38
Sergio Romo 1000020 1.76
Guillermo Mota (L,2-2) 0.1311100 3.16
IBB - Betancourt by Guillermo Mota
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 104-65, Sergio Romo 8-7, Guillermo Mota 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-7, Guillermo Mota 1-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 26, Sergio Romo 3, Guillermo Mota 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000020 .280
Carlos Gomez, CF4111020 .223
Ryan Braun, LF1210300 .311
Prince Fielder, 1B3010102 .281
Casey McGehee, 3B3001021 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000101 .222
Wil Nieves, C3010010 .163
   a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH1011000 .333
Nyjer Morgan, RF3000012 .361
Randy Wolf, P2000020 .150
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .196
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals28353510  
a-hit a bunt single for Nieves in the 9th
b-flied out for Loe in the 8th
Batting
HR - Carlos Gomez (3, Sanchez)
SF - Casey McGehee (2)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (13), Casey McGehee (22), Jonathan Lucroy (24)
SB - Ryan Braun (12, 3rd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Weeks-Fielder
E - Casey McGehee (7, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 7.1321250 3.43
Kameron Loe (BS,2) 0.2100000 3.96
John Axford (W,1-1) 1100000 3.86
HBP - Huff (by Randy Wolf)
WP - Randy Wolf (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 97-67, Kameron Loe 12-8, John Axford 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 5-12, Kameron Loe 2-0, John Axford 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Kameron Loe 3, John Axford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42512
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski