Rewind: Giants vs. Brewers, Game #1

With just 10 games remaining in the season, the Giants have little time to make ground in the playoff race. After their fifth loss in their last six games, their postseason outlook is bleaker by the day.

The regular season is nearing an end and so is the Giants' playoff hopes after their pitching failed them again in Thursday's 9-4 loss to the Brewers. In the last four games, San Francisco hurlers have allowed a staggering 45 runs. It's a stretch that all but eliminates the team from postseason action.

It's safe to say the Giants are disappointed in Matt Morris' year after giving him such a big contract. After getting pounded for nine runs over 4 1/3 innings Thursday, his season ERA sits at an ugly 5.09. His 112/63 K/BB ratio simply won't get it done. While it's been their offense that often gave the team problems this year, it's been their pitching that cost them most as the season winds down.

After Brewers' starter David Bush set the Giants down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Tony Graffanino singled home Tony Gwynn, Jr. to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. A David Bell two-run homer in the second made it a 3-0 game. Bell came to the plate again the very next inning and drove home another run on a single to center, making it a 4-0 Brewers advantage.

The Giants finally got on the board with a Shea Hillenbrand solo homer in the top of the fourth inning, ending a streak in which Bush set down the first 11 Giant batters that came to the plate. Another solo jack, this time by Moises Alou in the fifth, brought the Giants to within two at 4-2. A fifth inning David Bell single, however, put the Brewers back ahead by three after Geoff Jenkins was able to score on Steve Finley's fielding error. David Bush followed that up with a two-run single, bringing Morris' night to an inglorious end.

Jamey Wright came on in relief and promptly walked three straight batters, allowing two runs to cross the plate to make it a 9-2 game. After back-to-back strikeouts, however, the inning came to a merciful end. The inning saw five Brewers' runs scored helped by six free passes issued by Giant pitchers. To call the inning ugly would be an understatement.

While Bush continued to silence San Francisco's bats, Pat Misch came out of the Giants' bullpen in his MLB debut to throw a scoreless sixth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Moises Alou delivered his second blast of the game, a two-run shot to make it a 9-4 Giants' deficit.

Billy Sadler and Scott Munter tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively, which meant the Giants entered the ninth down five. Jose Capellan, however, made it an uneventful ninth, retiring San Francisco in order while striking out two to give the Brewers a 9-4 victory. A disappointing game in what has been a disappointing season for San Francisco.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Moises Alou went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. While he's had difficulty staying healthy, Alou's 20 homers in just 315 at-bats reveals how productive he can still be. With 69 RBI and tremendous plate discipline (28/27 BB/K ratio), Alou has had a great year when in the lineup.



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