Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants did just enough to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers for second night in a row, claiming a 6-4 victory Tuesday night at Miller Park. Cain (4-2, 2.94) worked seven innings, allowing four runs on eleven hits, walking none and striking out eight. Santiago Casilla worked the ninth to pick up his eleventh save of the year. Starter Shawn Marcum (2-3, 3.93) took the loss for Milwaukee after surrendering six runs over six innings.
Marcum allowed just five hits, but a pair of two run home runs by Joaquin Arias and Buster Posey ultimately were the difference in the contest. Milwaukee was unable to capitalize on a bevy of runners in scoring position, going 2-13 in the game.
In the first inning, the Giant’s Brandon Crawford singled with one out. Hot hitting Melky Cabrera singled, sending Crawford to third. Posey smashed a ground rule double to center, scoring Crawford.
Angel Pagan, returning to the starting lineup after a day off due to illness, hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cabrera. 2-0 Giants.
Norichika Aoki smacked a lead off triple down the right field line for Milwaukee in the bottom of the first. Nyjer Morgan followed with a soft fly to right and Aoki was gunned down at the plate by a strong throw from Melky Cabrera.
In the bottom of the second, Jonathan Lucroy tripled with one out but was left stranded after a Rickie Weeks strikeout and Taylor Green’s soft fly to center.
Marcum doubled with one out in the bottom of the third but again was left stranded. Milwaukee opened the game with three straight innings with a runner in scoring position with less than two outs and failed to score.
Marcum retired eight batters in order until the top of the fourth when Aubrey Huff walked with two outs. Joaquin Arias unloaded on his first career home run to give the Giants a 4-0 lead.
In his previous 134 career games in the Bigs dating back to 2006, Arias had not displayed such power.
Milwaukee tried to come right back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs of their own. Aramis Ramirez singled and moved to third on Jonathan Lucroy’s double. Rickie Weeks then hit a two RBI double to center, trimming the Giant’s lead to 4-2.
A lead off walk to Melky Cabrera proved costly in the sixth inning when Buster Posey followed up with his second home run in as many days. Posey absolutely destroyed a 1-0 offering from Marcum, sending it off the scoreboard in centerfield.
George Kottaras ripped a pinch hit single to right in the bottom of the seventh. Aoki, making a strong case for everyday consideration in the lineup, tomahawked a RBI double to center that scooted to the wall and scored Kottaras. Morgan flied out to deep center, with Angel Pagan making a stellar catch on the warning track. Aoki tagged and moved to third on the play. Braun hit a hot shot past a diving Arias, scoring Aoki. 6-4 Giants.
San Francisco closer Santiago Casilla issued a two out walk to Aoki, bringing Morgan to the plate representing the tying run in the ninth. Morgan grounded out to short, ending the threat and the game.
Notes: Aubrey Huff made first start since April 17th. The 7 extra base hits allowed by Cain set a career high. Posey went 2-4 with 3 RBI, giving him six in two days for the Giants. Aoki went 2-4 for Milwaukee with a RBI, run scored, and a walk. Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy also went 2-4 at the plate.