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« on: May 15, 2019, 08:47:56 am »

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gio Gonzalez didn’t need his affable personality to make new friends in Milwaukee on Saturday night.Gonzalez received a standing ovation following an impressive first start with the Brewers , and Milwaukee beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.“They believed in me and gave me a second chance,” Gonzalez said. “I want to return the favor.”Gonzalez (8-11) allowed an unearned run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one in his first start since an Aug. 31 trade from Washington. He retired 16 of his 21 batters and left with a 4-1 lead.“It was a tough night in the early go,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We couldn’t do much with Gonzalez there.”The veteran left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.70 ERA over his final four starts with the Nationals. Gonzalez had 10 days between starts, though, and took it to the Giants, who lost their season-high seventh straight game and fell a season-worst seven games under .500.“Sometimes you have to (say) thank you but it’s time to move on,” Gonzalez said. “I’m here now with the Brewers. I want to win and help any way possible. I don’t care how the moment goes as long as it keeps going our way.”Gonzalez helped Milwaukee pull within 2 1/2 games of the Cubs in the NL Central after Chicago was swept in a doubleheader by Washington. The Brewers also pushed their NL wild-card lead to 2 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 4-3 to the Detroit Tigers.Christian Yelich hit his 28th homer for Milwaukee and reached base for the 24th straight game, the longest active streak in the NL. He has 10 homers in that span.“He stepped up and gave us a huge start today,” Yelich said of Gonzalez. “You just kind of had a feeling he was going to do it today. He’s been so good throughout his career.”Travis Shaw also got his 28th home run, taking Chris Stratton (9-9) deep in the first. Mike Moustakas drove in a run with a double and Orlando Arcia tacked on another with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.Jeremy Jeffress recorded the final four outs for his 10th save and pushed the Brewers 19 games (81-62) over .500 for the first time since they were 51-32 on June 28, 2014.The Giants got an unearned run in the sixth after a review of a call at home plate was overturned. Gregor Blanco reached on a fielding error but was erased when Chase d’Arnaud hit into a fielder’s choice. Austin Slater’s liner to left sent d’Arnaud home, beating the throw from Yelich. Plate umpire Phil Cuzzi originally called d’Arnaud out.Ryder Jones hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth off Joakim Soria.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: 1B Brandon Belt, who was a late scratch with a sore right knee, struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth. Kelby Tomlinson, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sept. 2 for the fifth time this season, replaced him in the lineup and played second. … SS Brandon Crawford, who was out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a sore left knee, drew a walk as a pinch hitter in eighth.Brewers: RHPs Taylor Williams and Freddy Peralta will be activated Sunday and sent to the bullpen. Both were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 30. Manager Craig Counsell said they would be the final September additions to the team barring injury.YELLING FOR YELICHYelich made a great sliding catch on Alen Hanson’s sinking line drive for the second out in the ninth. Fans started their MVP chants as Yelich picked himself up.“It’s definitely a cool feeling, for sure,” he said. “It’s not anything you expect as a player.”AVELINO DEBUTSAbiatal Avelino played shortstop and went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his Giants debut. He was acquired on Aug. 31 from the New York Yankees along with pitcher Juan De Paula in exchange for outfielder Andrew McCutchen.ON DECKGiants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-5 Pete Rose Jersey , 3.07 ERA) allowed a season-high seven runs, six earned, over five innings in his last start Monday at Colorado. He is 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in four starts at Miller Park.Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 4.88 ERA) makes his second start since missing more than three months with right rotator cuff inflammation. He received a no-decision, allowing only one run in five innings during the Brewers 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. After exactly 1,100 MLB games for Arizona, let’s see if we can pick out a mere handful of highlights."Best post-season game: October 4, 2011 vs. BrewersOver his eight playoff appearances for Arizona, Goldschmidt was every bit the player we expected. He batted .313 with a 1.076 OPS: in retrospect, it’s one of the things which make it all the more strange he didn’t play at all in Game 1 of the 2011 NLDS against the Brewers. But he made up for it, getting hits in all four subsequent games: and in Game 3, with the D-backs teetering on the edge of being swept, tied a franchise record for post-season RBI, driving in five in the 8-1 victory which made this a real series. That included the first of his four play-off home-runs, the first play-off grand-slam for Arizona (above), which triggered the second-greatest cap-toss by an opposing pitcher in D-backs post-season history. Biggest impact: August 13, 2013 vs. OriolesRanked #6 in Win Probability all-time for the franchise, Goldschmidt was worth a startling +79.8% of WP in this game. First, leading off the ninth inning with the D-backs down 3-2, he tied the game with a solo shot off Baltimore closer Jim Johnson, which got the game into extras. Then, leading off the 11th , he homered again, a walk-off shot the other way - against future Arizona team-mate T.J. McFarland. Despite the heroics, Paul remained humble as ever, saying, “I honestly told myself, ‘Just try to get on and let Hilly drive me in.’ It was the same thought both times. Fortunately I was able to hit a line drive, the second one being right down the line helped.”Most times on base: May 31, 2015 vs. BrewersPaul reached base no less than seven times in this marathon contest. He went 3-for-4, with a home-run, two singles and no fewer than four walks, three of them intentional. No other player has had more than a pair of 4 BB games for Arizona in their career here. Goldy had three in less than a month that year: on May 9, May 31 and June 2. And this was the only time any D-backs’ hitter was walked intentionally more than twice in a game. Oddly, with two outs in the ninth, Goldschmidt had no walks. But he was put aboard there, then three more times, in the 11th, 13th and 15th innings. And it worked, as Ender Inciarte went 1-for-8 on the day behind Goldschmidt, and Milwaukee walked it off in the 17th. Most total bases: August 3, 2017 vs. CubsThis also ranks not far behind the Orioles game for Win Probability, as Goldschmidt rated +74.5% for his three home-runs in this one. It was memorable for a number of reasons, not least multiple rain delays John Kruk Jersey , leading to a total running time of six hours, 34 minutes and a bullpen dance-off. The interruptions clearly didn’t affect Paul, who finished a grand-slam short of the home-run cycle. He hit a three-run shot in the first, then a two-run homer out to Waveland Avenue in the fifth, before a go-ahead solo bomb in the ninth, for his only three HR game. Honorable mention: Goldschmidt also had 12 bases (two home-runs, two doubles) in the destruction of Clayton Kershaw on May 17, 2014. Last home-run for Arizona: September 7, 2018 vs. BravesNeither his last game of 2018, nor his last at Chase were particularly memorable, so I went with this instead. We didn’t know it at the time, of course, but this was not only Paul’s final home-run as a Diamondback [unless he returns as a free-agent]. It was the last “true” Goldy game, Paul reaching base five times, on three walks and a single, in addition to the homer. It also brought his batting average for the season to its high-point of .300 - a remarkable feat, considering he was hitting below the Uecker Line as late as May 22 (.198 on that date). Over the 91 games between those two points, he batted .350/.443/.661 for a 1.104 OPS, so this game marked the end of the final “24-karat Goldy” streak, in his current incarnation.