SAN FRANCISCO — The Brewers do not have a particularly inspiring group of hitters, and their pitching staff isn’t going to single-handedly win them many games, either.
You would think they would try to make defense a strength, then. You would be wrong.
The Brewers committed four errors in the first four innings, helping the Giants sustain a couple of rallies that turned an afternoon getaway game into a blowout. The Giants won 10-1, with Johnny Cueto picking up his 10th win.
Cueto allowed one run in seven innings and struck out nine. He is the fourth National League pitcher to get to 10 victories.
The Giants scored four runs in the third inning on three singles and two walks. Martin Maldonado helped turn the rally into a big one, throwing away Joe Panik’s sacrifice bunt attempt. The Giants would go on to load the bases and Buster Posey came through with a two-run flare to left.
Gregor Blanco led off the fourth with a double and Panik singled him home. With two on and one out, the Giants put their runners in motion on a two-strike pitch that was thrown past Matt Duffy. The throw down to third sailed into left, and instead of being out of the inning, Jimmy Nelson ended up with another run on his ledger and a runner on third. The Giants would go on to score two more runs in the inning, taking an 8-0 lead.
Starting pitching report: Cueto almost always walks off the mound with no expression on his face and his cap under his arm, but he yelled out and pumped his fist a couple of times after striking out Jonathan Villar to end the seventh. Cueto lowered his ERA to 2.10.
Bullpen report: Chris Stratton pitched the final two innings two days after he was sent down.
At the plate: Panik reached base in all five plate appearances. He had three singles and a walk, and also got on via an error.
In the field: It’s not often you see the old one-unassisted. But Cueto had one after he caught Villar breaking for second in the first inning, and Nelson had one when Cueto grounded back to the mound in the third.
Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout crowd that was full of people who didn't show. But Elizabeth Maxhimer did, and she celebrated her 102nd birthday, which is awesome.
Up next: A day off! A road trip through Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh starts on Friday.