SAN FRANCISCO – A team that has absorbed so much woe this season was happy to take what the baseball gods dished out Wednesday afternoon.
Jarrett Parker tried to check his swing on a first-pitch fastball. He ended up hitting a funky, two-run double over the bullpen mounds that snapped a tie in the seventh inning. And the Giants took a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers while capturing a series against a contending club.
Health, depth, talent, chemistry, hitting, pitching and defense will determine your season. But getting a break to go your way? You always spread arms wide to embrace those, whether you’re four games back or 40 in the division standings.
It was a feel-good game even for some of the Giants who have had the most forgettable of seasons.
Matt Moore walked off the mound to a loud and appreciative ovation while extending his run to three solid starts in a row. Mark Melancon, his season marred by elbow issues, not only struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning, but he did it while appearing for the third time in four games.
Then Sam Dyson, whom the Texas Rangers dumped just a few weeks into the season, continued to establish himself as a significant bullpen asset when he pitched around a home run to Stephen Vogt while recording his 12th save in 13 chances.
Parker provided the lead with the Giants’ fifth double of the game, and it bothered nobody in home whites that it was the softest contact of them all: 61.6 mph off the bat, according to Statcast – the second lowest by a Giant on an extra-base hit all season.
Money spends, as they say.
Denard Span started the rally with a pinch double and Gorkys Hernandez was hit on the belt buckle by a pitch. Then Kelby Tomlinson took an apparently low third strike that had Giants manager Bruce Bochy bellowing from the dugout stair.
The Giants dugout did not bellow for long.
Parker tried to hold his swing on Jacob Barnes’ fastball and ended up hitting a grounder that threaded its way down the third base line. Span scored and Hernandez followed him home as left fielder Ryan Braun negotiated the dugout mounds while trying to retrieve the ball.
The hit broke open a game that had become an unanticipated pitching matchup between Moore, who entered with a 5.54 ERA, and right-hander Matt Garza, who had allowed eight home runs over his previous three starts.
Both teams struck for a run in the first inning. The Brewers tallied theirs on doubles from Domingo Santana and Travis Shaw. The Giants drew even when Hernandez hit a leadoff double, Tomlinson singled and Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly.
But Posey’s sacrifice fly came with no outs and the bases loaded, and the Giants couldn’t manage more. They also wasted leadoff doubles from Hernandez in the third and Brandon Crawford in the fourth.
Moore managed to hold service, though. He faced one more than the minimum from the second through the fifth innings, and got a pair of ground outs to strand two runners in the sixth.
He exited after issuing a leadoff walk to Manny Piña in the seventh, and the crowd might have acknowledged more than his efforts Wednesday afternoon while giving him an ovation. Over his last three starts, Moore has given up just five runs in 20 1/3 innings while lowering his ERA from 5.88 to 5.38.
The Giants added a run in the eighth when Crawford and Sandoval hit consecutive singles and a wild pitch set up Carlos Moncrief’s sacrifice fly.
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