Sidney Ponson was battling the flu last weekend.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who was acquired at the trading deadline to boost the Giants’ rotation for the stretch run, had won three straight starts before Sunday.
He then allowed four runs and eight hits through six innings, but did not get a decision in the Giants’ 9-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I wasn’t happy with the way I was throwing,” Ponson said. “Maybe next time I’ll have a better outing. I didn’t throw strikes when I needed to, and that hurts.”
Ponson will look to give the Giants a better outing as they move closer to clinching the NL West title. With 17 games remaining, San Francisco’s magic number is six.
Any combination of six wins by the Giants or losses by the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers will lock up the division title for San Francisco.
Jason Schmidt struck out 12 in his 15th win of the season, and Marquis Grissom drove in three runs to lead the Giants to an 8-2 win in Friday’s series opener. Edgardo Alfonzo knocked in two runs, and Rich Aurilia had three hits and scored twice.
The Giants have won four of their last six.
The Brewers continue to struggle as their season draws to a close. Milwaukee has lost seven of its last eight.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 5th place, 16 GB, NL Central. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Doug Davis (2-1, 1.91 ERA). After two dominant starts in which he did not allow an earned run in 17 1-3 innings, Davis struggled on Sunday. He pitched just four innings, giving up five runs—four earned—and four hits in a 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In his only previous appearance against the Giants, Davis allowed three earned runs in less than an inning and took the loss.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Ponson (3-3, 3.06 ERA). Prior to Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, Ponson had allowed three earned runs over 21 2-3 innings during a three-start winning streak.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 4-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 1B Sexson is batting .438 (7-for-16) with four RBIs in his career against RHP Ponson. … The Brewers called up top draft pick 2B Rickie Weeks from Class A Beloit to gain some experience during the final stretch of the season. The 2003 college player of the year, who was selected second overall in June’s draft, will mainly be used as a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner. … RHP Dan Kolb has converted 17 straight save chances to set the Brewers NL record. Milwaukee joined the NL in 1998. Giants - 3B Alfonzo is batting .391 (9-for-23) during a six-game hitting streak. … LF Bonds needs two walks to tie Babe Ruth for third on the all-time list with 2,062. … RHP Ponson is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts at Pac Bell this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 33-38 on the road; Giants - 50-21 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - OF Geoff Jenkins (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL. Giants - RHP Jesse Foppert (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 60-day DL.