MILWAUKEE – Lorenzo Cain and Brandon Crawford have compiled long series of highlights, but the Brewers' 5-4 win over the Giants on Saturday ended a defensive round by every player.
Cain kicked a base kick bouncing off the middle of the field and allowed the Giants to
Cain started a rebounding base shot in the middle of the field and allowed the Giants to score the tying goal at the top of the ninth before Crawford did the same with a routine ground ball at the short stop leading to the bottom of the table, starting an exchange that has ended with
"Gamel came to pick me up there," said Cain, nominee for his first career award in the Rawlings Gold Glove. "That's what we all need. Choose yourself when another guy is struggling. He has delivered a great success for boys. We really needed that as a team. "
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Gamel was the last player on the Brewers' bench and, if he had not passed, the Giants and Brewers would have taken part in a second consecutive game in the extra end, with Milwaukee closer, Josh Hader, unavailable. Hader suffered a typo during a two-run appearance the night before. That's why the Brewers have turned to
The Brewers had a hard time getting there. Madison Bumgarner's first nine, third and fifth innings were scored against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, but Christian Yelich's goal against second baseman Joe Panik collapsed in the fifth minute. an execution log error.
The Brewers finally managed to break into eighth place, as Mike Moustakas, Jesus Aguilar and Keston Hiura hit successive doubles to start the inning, turning a 2-1 deficit 3-2 ahead. Hiura then headed to Orlando Arcia to score the goal with a slippery head for an insurance race that proved crucial when the Giants tied the match at 4 against Jeffress, who had created his own problem by coaching Crawford at the head of the sleeve. Three strikers later, with two riders aboard, Stephen Vogt, batter at the tip of the ball, threw a RBI single in the middle of the field and Cain missed. Austin Slater, a thorn on the Brewers' side these past two nights, ran home for the race tied.
"I thought the ball was in my glove. It just can not happen, "said Cain. [ticked] me off. I rushed and did not make sure it was in my glove. … I am on [Crawford] is checked on this. I'm ticked to make a mistake there. Making mistakes is something that just can not happen. "
A half-round later, it was Crawford, triple winner of the Gold Glove Award, who was giving himself a real kick for a mistake. Giants reliever Reyes Moronta withdrew the following two batters, but Hiura managed a move that led Braun to score for Gamel's great success. The first career success of Gamel caused a skid of 0-in-13.
This is the Brewers' third win of the year this season, and the first since Braun broke ground in the 18th round to defeat the Mets on May 4th.
"We continued to play well and that's what helped us win the game," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "Keston fought back and walked around, and he prepared everything for Ben."
The rare error of Crawford has also helped.
"It's baseball," said Gamel. "Two really reliable guys who never make mistakes. It happens."
"It was strange," said Counsell. "You do not expect Crawford to make the mistake, you do not expect Lorenzo to make a mistake, but you just have to continue in those games, mistakes are happening, and you just have to keep going."
More disturbing to the Brewers, overall, it was the persistence of their problems.
"As a team, we certainly have not played as well as we would like," said Cain. "But many things can change. Many things can happen if we continue to grind, to try to score points, to continue to reciprocate. "
Adam McCalvy has been covering the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and like him on Facebook.