The San Francisco Giants (22-20) and Milwaukee Brewers (17-25) will continue a three-game National League series on Tuesday night at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET.
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco earned a 4-3, 14-inning road victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, with the club now winning seven of its last 10 games. The Giants hit a pair of home runs in the contest, leaving the yard for the first time in seven games. “That was what won the game for us tonight, a couple of home runs,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Hitting with runners in scoring position is still a problem offensively, entering the series with the fourth-lowest average (.208) in that category. San Francisco is 13-16 versus right-handed starters, with the “over” going 16-13 in that situation.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (3-2, 2.67 ERA) has tallied back-to-back victories, including a 7-5 home win over the St. Louis Cardinals last time out, giving up four runs and eight hits over six frames. The right-hander has registered an even 1-1 mark and 4.42 ERA in three road outings, as opposing hitters are batting just .212 against him. In eight career starts versus the Brewers, Cain has compiled a losing 2-5 record and 4.42 ERA, which includes a no-decision effort on May 6. He allowed two runs and six hits over seven frames in leading the team to a 4-3 victory in that effort.
Milwaukee battled back from an early 3-0 deficit in the series opener, but ultimately fell to 5-8 on the year when taking on NL West opponents. “We played that many innings, we ended up with six hits,” commented Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. “It’s discouraging. It’s frustrating for the guys.” The Brewers are just 4-9-1 in series play this year, while producing a losing 10-12 mark at home overall. Milwaukee has registered a dismal 6-13 record in May, with the “over” going 10-7 in that span.
Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (2-2, 3.31 ERA) has watched the club drop six of his eight outings, including a 4-0 setback against the Houston Astros on the road last time out, giving up four runs (three earned) and nine hits over five frames. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three home starts this year, surrendering just a single home run in 18 innings. In four career outings versus the Giants, Marcum has tallied an even 1-1 record and 4.13 ERA, which includes a previous start against Cain earlier this year. He allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in that effort.
Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 4-0 record in Cain’s last four outings as a road underdog, while the Brewers are 0-5 in Marcum’s last five starts versus NL West opponents.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -106
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