Giants pull out wild, improbable 11-inning win vs. Brewers

Brandon Belt

The Giants appeared to be on their way to another tough one-run loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

But then something weird happened with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, and it helped the Giants pull out a wild, improbable, hard-to-explain 9-6 win in 11 innings at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

The Giants scored one run in the top of the ninth to force extra innings. Then they scored three runs in the top of the 10th, only to watch the Brewers hit two homers off Jarlin Garcia to tie the game and send it to the 11th inning.

Things got even wilder in the 11th when the Giants scored four more runs, highlighted by LaMonte Wade Jr.'s go-ahead single and Brandon Belt's second homer of the game, a two-run shot. Kris Bryant doubled home Buster Posey to put the game out of reach.

To even got the chance to win the ballgame, the Giants needed a bit of dumb luck.

Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, Bryant led off the top of the ninth with a single, but watched Mike Yastrzemski line out and Darin Ruf strikeout. Tommy La Stella was the Giants' last hope, and on the second pitch from Brewers reliever Brent Suter, the infielder lofted a deep fly ball to right that looked like it was playable for Avisail Garcia.

But Garcia completely misread the flight of the ball and got twisted around. By the time he recovered, the ball deflected away from him, allowing Bryant to score all the way from first, tying the game 2-2.


After Tyler Rogers set down the Brewers on seven pitches in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants' offense came to life in the 10th.

With Thairo Estrada on second as the automatic runner, Wade Jr. moved him to third with a single and advanced to second on a bad throw. In a rare move, the Brewers elected to walk Belt to load the bases for Posey with no one out.

The resurgent Posey made the Brewers pay for that mistake, coming through with a two-run single to left center.

The Giants would tack on one more run, but Jarlin Garcia -- the seventh reliever used by manager Gabe Kapler after starter Aaron Sanchez lasted just two-plus innings -- gave up a two-run homer to Luis Urias and a solo homer to Wily Adames to tie the game.

Kapler didn't want to use Jake McGee, but he had no choice in the bottom of the 11th and the Giants' closer wiggled out of trouble to secure the win.

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The miracle win was the Giants' 70th of the season, and they rightfully should feel good about how they achieved it. But they had very little answer for Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff, a member of Milwaukee's three-headed monster atop their rotation.

The Giants hadn't seen this Brewers team until this three-game weekend series, and they now know they will have to raise their level of play if they meet in the NL playoffs.

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