--RHP Matt Cain lasted six innings and allowed 11 hits, matching a career high. Just one of the hits went for extra bases, but all the hitting still cost him five runs. Many of the hits were bloopers or seeing-eye singles, but hits are hits, and Cain figuratively tipped his cap to the Milwaukee lineup. He struck out six and walked one.
--LF Brandon Belt was among several players in Sunday's lineup who have played at Class AAA Fresno this year. The others: SS Brandon Crawford, 3B Emmanuel Burriss and C Chris Stewart. Stewart is the new backup (to C Eli Whiteside) now that C Buster Posey is lost for the season. He made his first big-league start since April 2008 as a Yankee.
--2B Freddy Sanchez collected his 1,000th career hit, a groundball single to center in the first inning. The ball was thrown out of play for Sanchez's safekeeping. Other than that, the Giants had just four base runners off Brewers starter RHP Yovani Gallardo, who threw eight scoreless innings and gave up four hits and issued one walk.
--RHP Santiago Casilla (inflamed elbow) was activated from the DL, and LHP Dan Runzler was optioned to Class AAA Fresno. Runzler had a 6.41 ERA in 18 appearances and will be on a mission to stretch out his innings and improve his command.
--3B Pablo Sandoval (coming off May 3 surgery to remove part of the hamate in his right wrist) could rejoin the Giants by the end of the next homestand, which ends June 12, manager Bruce Bochy said. Also, Bochy said Sandoval could start his minor-league rehab assignment next weekend. First, Sandoval is expected to take batting practice during the upcoming series in St. Louis.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 -- Players who hit grand slams in their first big-league game. Brandon Crawford was the latest. Another Giant on the list: Bobby Bonds, who hit his slam June 25, 1968. Bonds was the second player to pull it off following Bill Duggleby (Phillies, 1898) and preceding Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005), Kevin Kouzmanoff (Indians, 2006), Daniel Nava (Red Sox, 2010) and Crawford.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I don't know if it really matters. If it's something that makes him feel better... I can imagine from his standpoint, if I was on the other end where he is, it would be just as difficult to know the player involved is more than likely... out for the rest of the year." -- C Buster Posey, on having a talk with Florida's Scott Cousins, who knocked him over in a collision, ending Posey's season.
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