Jeff Francoeur was brought to San Francisco to start occasionally in left field and come through with big hits. On Monday, he did just that.
Francoeur knocked an RBI single in the eighth inning to power the San Francisco Giants to a crucial 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Two errors led to three runs for the Giants, and a gem from Chad Gaudin helped the team as well.
A questionable call at first base also helped the Giants. Rickie Weeks grounded into a double play to end the seventh inning, which allowed Javier Lopez to escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam. However, Weeks was clearly safe at first, which cost the Brewers at least one run.
A fourth-inning error on Juan Francisco also cost the Brewers one run. He could have started a crucial double play for the Brewers, but his throw sailed into left field instead. The Giants failed to score with no one out, but they were able to add another run.
The Giants didn’t add a run on a bad call in the eighth inning, but they scored two on an error. With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, Joaquin Arias hit a ground ball to third base. Jeff Bianchi let the ball get into left field, which gave the Giants a 4-1 lead. Francoeur got caught in a rundown, but a bad call allowed him to get into second base safely.
The call didn’t matter, but Bianchi’s error did. Francisco knocked in his second run of the night with a ninth-inning home run, but Sergio Romo still managed to secure his 26th save of the year. He didn’t pitch well, but Gaudin did.
While Gaudin did well, Francisco and Scooter Gennett scalded two pitches into right-center field, and both hits would have resulted in home runs at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. However, Gaudin was helped by AT&T Park, and it helped the Giants win.
For the first time in a long time, the Giants received some good luck. If they get lucky again, they might be able to turn this pivotal win into a winning streak.