The inevitable has happened: the Milwaukee Brewers’ win streak is over.

It’s a well known fact that a major league baseball team will never win all 162 games (161-1, maybe. But all 162? No way) but it doesn’t make the occasional Brewer loss easy to take, this time 5-4 in the series opener against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

For the star power coming into the game, it didn’t live up to the pitching duel expected. Shaun Marcum got the loss for the Brewers, breaking his own streak of starts without a loss. He’s the type of player who shouldn’t often get over 100 pitches a game, and the game-winning grand slam by the Giants came right after he hit triple digits. Former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum got the win for the visitors, though he didn’t look terribly spectacular. Marcum in fact cruised most the way until the back-creaking grand slam.

The Brewers had a chance to tie the game in the 8th. Reminiscent of the play that injured Giants’ star catcher Buster Posey 2 nights earlier, Prince Fielder had a collision at the plate that would have put the game tied at 5 a piece. The Giants’ catcher held on to the ball for the final out of the inning, and Milwaukee couldn’t rally in the 9th.

Rickie Weeks had a home run and 3 RBIs for the Brewers, but they’ll hope for more offense tomorrow going against San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez. Milwaukee will counter with Randy Wolf.

 

 

 

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