Rewind: Brewers vs Giants, Game #3

Brian Cooper pitched an excellent game, giving up only two runs and four hits over six innings, but the anemic offense of the Giants forced him to take a loss despite his excellent efforts.

Things started out quite well for the Giants. Cooper walked Scott Podsenik in the top of the first, but got Junior Spivey to end the small threat with a double play, second to first.

The second did not start off so well. Geoff Jenkins smashed a homer to left to put Milwaukee on top 1-0. Keith Ginter singled to center. Wes Helms hit a grounder to third, and the Giants got the lead runner out, putting Helms on first with a fielder's choice. Brady Clark singled to left, moving Helms to third. Gary Bennett singled to left-center, scoring Helms. Wes Obermueller sacrificed to move the runners over, but Scott Podsenik flied out to left to end the damage.

Despite getting out 13 consecutive batters after giving up two runs in the second, Cooper received no support from his offense. They had a chance to come back in the seventh.

With two outs, A.J. Pierzynski walked, and Michael Tucker singled. The Brewers wisely chose to walk Bonds, loading the bases. Edgardo Alfonzo hit for Cody Ransom, and he flied out to center, squelching any chance for a Giant comeback.

Player of the Game: Brian Cooper. He deserved a win. On any normal day, he would have had a win quite easily. He's a good pitcher and his record does not reflect his ability. The Giants simply could not hit Wes Obermueller.

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