San Francisco is 3-3 on the trip, winning two of the first three games in Milwaukee after losing two of three to the Chicago Cubs. The Giants have won 10 of their last 16 road games.
With first-place San Diego struggling, San Francisco still has a chance to win the mediocre NL West division. The Giants are 20-21 since June 15—the best mark of any team in the division.
“This is less than a division,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “It’s been so strange … and how did we lose so many games? That eight-game losing streak (May 26-June 4) put us in the doghouse, even though we’ve been (near) .500 since.”
The Giants made a move Saturday, acquiring outfielder Randy Winn from Seattle for catcher Yorvit Torrealba and right-hander Jesse Foppert. Winn, who will report to the team Monday, hit .275 with six home runs, 37 RBIs and 12 stolen bases this season for the Mariners.
“I saw him play a lot when he was with Tampa Bay and I was impressed,” Alou said. “I think he will be a very good addition to our team.”
Left-handed reliever Scott Eyre has been the target of many teams, but the deal for Winn might mean San Francisco will keep him for a run at the division. Eyre has a 1.38 ERA over his last 13 appearances.
The Giants are hoping left-hander Noah Lowry continues his solid pitching since the All-Star break when he takes the mound Sunday. Lowry is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts since the break.
Lowry pitched five scoreless innings and allowed four hits in San Francisco’s 3-2, 11-inning win at Chicago on Tuesday. The 24-year-old southpaw, who is facing Milwaukee for the first time, is 4-3 with a 5.63 ERA in nine starts on the road.
Milwaukee ended an 11-game home losing streak to San Francisco with a 7-1 victory on Saturday. Ben Sheets pitched a six-hitter for his first complete game of the season and Geoff Jenkins snapped a tie with a three-run double in the sixth inning.
The Brewers improved to 15-12 in July. With a win Sunday, they would match their most wins in July since going 16-12 in 1997—the year before they moved to the National League.