Brewers' pitching shines despite loss

Brewers' pitching shines despite loss

MILWAUKEE -- Outside of the first and last innings, the Brewers pitched as well Monday night as they have all season.

Between the one-out Buster Posey home run in the first and Hector Sanchez leading off the 14th with a homer, the Giants did not score a run. That stretch of 12 2/3 scoreless innings is the longest of the season for the Brewers.

The catalyst for that stretch was Randy Wolf, who turned in an excellent start after walking two batters on nine pitches and making a mistake to the next hitter, Posey.

"Wolfy, after that first inning, outstanding," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "To give us seven innings after that start, I thought that was an outstanding outing."

Following Wolf, four straight Brewers relievers -- Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford, Jose Veras and Manny Parra -- continued to blank the Giants. Rodriguez and Axford delivered scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, while Veras and Parra shut the Giants out in two innings apiece from the 10th to the 13th.

Those five Brewers pitchers also combined for 11 strikeouts against four walks, while limiting the Giants to just six hits over that nearly 13-inning stretch.

"Our bullpen did a great job," Wolf said after Monday's game. "It's unfortunate that we came up on the losing end of the game.

"Today I think was a game that we played good baseball. We came up on the losing end, but the pitching did a good job today. It was a tough battle that we lost."