The Milwaukee Brewers are off to an 0-2 start, falling to the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Jimmy Nelson pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. It was an encouraging sign for the Brewers, but it wasn’t quite good enough to match San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto, who worked seven innings and allowed a single run on six hits.
The Brewers only run came on a double-play ground ball.
Brandon Crawford hit the games only home run, a solo shot off of Nelson to lead off the third inning, connecting on a first-pitch changeup.
The Brewers best chance to score in the bottom of the third when Jonathan Villar led off with a double and Jimmy Nelson bunted him to third. With Villar running on contact and the Giants’ infield playing in, Crawford made a diving stop of Domingo Santana’s grounder and threw home for the out.
Taylor Jungmann pitches the third and final game of the series this afternoon as the Brewers try to avoid a season opening three-game sweep.
Brewers’ starter Matt Garza will be out four to six weeks with a right lat strain. He was hurt last Friday in an exhibition game at Houston and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Brewers make a deal
The Brewers made a roster move yesterday, acquiring left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from the Texas Rangers for cash and designated right-hander Ariel Pena for assignment after he gave up homers to three straight batters on Monday.