Brewers 9, Giants 4
“I think everybody can look at themselves in the mirror and at least say, ‘We tried,”’ Alou said.
“The results aren’t what we expect them to be, but we can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves,” said Alou, who homered twice in the Giants’ fifth loss in six games.
San Francisco fell five games back in the NL West and 4 1/2 behind in the wild-card race. The Giants have nine games left on their schedule and could play a 10th if it becomes necessary to make up a rainout against St. Louis.
Giants manager Felipe Alou wouldn’t concede that his team is out of contention.
“I don’t want to get into that,” Alou said. “You won’t get me to say anything. I know there are 10 games left.”
San Francisco again had problems with its starting pitching. Matt Morris (10-15) went 4 1-3 innings, giving up nine runs and nine hits, unraveling in the fifth inning.
“I got to get my guy out of there either before or in the fifth inning, three out of (the last) four,” Alou said. “It’s not a pennant race.”
The fourth was Matt Cain’s start Tuesday, but he only lasted 5 1-3 innings in a 12-4 loss to Colorado. San Francisco starters are 0-5 with a 14.83 ERA in the last six games.
“Only speaking for myself, it’s real disappointing to not be able to come in, put up some zeros and give us a chance to win,” Morris said.
Already trailing 4-2, Morris and reliever Jamey Wright combined to walk six and give up two hits, including a two-run single by Brewers starter Dave Bush, as Milwaukee sent 11 men to the plate in its five-run fifth inning.
Wright then walked the first three batters he faced to give the Brewers a 9-2 lead before settling down and striking out the inning’s final two batters.
Morris, a former 22-game winner, also hit two batters and is now 1-2 with an 8.54 ERA in his last five starts.
“I’ve been so streaky, up and down, up and down,” he said. “More down than up, obviously. With a new team, it’s been a disappointment.”
Bush (12-11) pitched 7 1-3 solid innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Bush is now 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his last five starts at Miller Park and the Brewers, who had been averaging 3.28 runs in their previous 25 games, posted their best offensive effort since scoring 12 on Aug. 24, the day before they began a 10-game losing skid.
Bush’s only mistakes were a solo home run to Shea Hillenbrand in the fourth and Alou’s two big hits—a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh that made it 9-4. It was Alou’s first multihomer game this season and 28th of his career.
“He gave up three homers and it didn’t kill him,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “If Moises Alou wasn’t in the lineup tonight, it would have been a great game for him.”
Giants slugger Barry Bonds went 1-for-3 before leaving the game for a pinch runner after his single in the seventh. … Giants C Eliezer Alfonzo (concussion) has been medically cleared to return after being struck by a foul ball Tuesday night. Alou said he may return to the lineup Friday. … Anderson had his first major league hit in the second inning of his first major league start.