San Francisco Giants rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 in the second game of their four-game series.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff didn’t have a good first impression.
He let runners reach base in each of the first three innings, but he was still able to limit the Giants to just two runs, which were brought in by a LaMonte Wade Jr. triple in the second inning.
After leaving the bases loaded in the third inning, Woodruff calmed down and pitched through 5(2/3) innings without taking any further hits, striking out four batters while also allowing five hits, five walks, and two earned runs.
The Brewers struggled against Alex Wood until the fifth inning on the opposing side of the ball.
To start the first, Wood struck out both Luis Urias and Pedro Severino, but the Brewers responded with doubles by Kolten Wong and Jonathan Davis, followed by a Wade mistake that let Wong score.
Tyler Rogers was then brought on with two outs and runners on the corners, replacing Wood.
Willy Adames walked before Andrew McCutchen hit a bases-clearing double to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead as the Brewers wouldn’t let up on the submarine starter.
After that, Rogers hit Rowdy Tellez with a pitch, allowed Hunter Renfroe to score on a single, and then walked Urias four times to let McCutchen cross the plate.
The Brewers appeared to be in a strong position to win game two as they held a 5-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs in the sixth, Craig Counsell removed Woodruff and replaced him with Hoby Milner, who went 1(1/3) innings without allowing a run for his fifth hold of the year.
Jandel Gustave kept the score at 5-2 going into the ninth inning by pitching the eighth inning with just one hit and one strikeout.
Josh Hader was brought in by Counsell to try to stop the Brewers after they were unable to do anything in the top of the ninth. Unfortunately, Hader was unable to extricate anyone, as he has done so frequently lately.
Prior to getting Wilmer Flores to fly out, he allowed catcher Joey Bart to hit a leadoff home run, cutting the score to 5-3.
Darin Ruf hit a solo home run to tie it 5-4 before Austin Slater singled, Yermin Mercedes was hit by a pitch, and Thairo Estrada singled to load the bases.
The Giants would not record another out after that. For an 8-5 victory, Mike Yastrzemski came to the plate and hit a walk-off grand slam to centre field.
As the Brewers turn to some of their hotter arms like Milner and Devin Williams in the remaining two games of this Giants series, it might be in the best interests of both Counsell and Hader to rest him until after the All-Star break.