MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brad Hennessey really wanted to hit a home run
in the major leagues, but he set his expectations low after failing
to even hit one out during batting practice.
That all changed Thursday night when the right-hander pitched
seven scoreless innings and took care of the offense with a
three-run homer, leading the San Francisco Giants over the
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.
"I've tried [in batting practice] and it just hasn't
happened," Hennessey said.
Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (3-11) took a no-hitter into the
fifth inning before Hennessey hit a 2-0 pitch for his first homer
in 30 career at-bats.
"I was prepared to never hit a home run in my career in the big
leagues," said Hennessey, who added that he had got two balls to
the wall in batting practice at SBC Park in San Francisco. "Now, I
can relax. It's like icing on the cake."
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said the problem was the pitches that
preceded the homer.
"The mistake that he made wasn't the 2-0 fastball right down
the middle, it was getting to 2-0 on the guy," he said. "You get
the situation set up to get to the pitcher.
"The key there is to get ahead in that situation," he said.
"He fell behind, then he did what he was supposed to, he went
right after him at 2-0. Really, Victor's downfall was getting to
San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said he thought the Brewers
were shocked that Hennessey didn't take the 2-0 pitch. Alou said he
let Hennessey swing because the Giants' next batter, Jason Ellison,
had been struggling.
"He's not a long ball guy," Alou said of Ellison. "So, I let
the pitcher hit the long ball."
Hennessey (4-3), one of the team's first-round draft picks in
2001, rebounded from the worst outing of his short career, when he
gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 16-4 loss to Florida on
He limited the Brewers to three hits and one walk while striking
out seven in his 16th major league start.
"I wanted to try to turn it around from my last start,"
Hennessey said. "My biggest difference was making a quality pitch
when I had to."
Milwaukee was shut out for the second consecutive day and
seventh time this year. The Brewers have lost 10 consecutive home
games to the Giants.
San Francisco finished with only four hits against three
The Giants managed only a walk over the first four innings. With
one out in the fifth, Deivi Cruz struck out on a wild pitch but
reached second when the ball got past catcher Damian Miller and
rolled to the wall. One out later, Mike Matheny was intentionally
walked so Santos could face Hennessey.
The pitcher took two balls before hitting the third pitch over
the left field wall as Santos crouched on the mound in disgust.
Santos pitched six innings, giving up three runs and three hits.
Despite the solid outing, it was the pitch to Hennessey that
defined the game.
"As soon as I let it go, I knew it was a bad pitch," Santos
The Brewers came within a couple of feet of tying the game in
the fifth. With two on and two outs, Brady Clark's long fly landed
just left of the foul pole in the stands in left.
Clark then grounded out to end the inning, and the Brewers never
got a runner past first after that.
Wisconsin athletic director and football coach Barry
Alvarez threw out the ceremonial first pitch hours after announcing
this would be his last season as the school's football coach. He
will remain as AD. ... Brewers rookie 2B Rickie Weeks, in a
1-for-11 slump, was given the night off. ... Giants SS Omar Vizquel
passed Luke Appling for fifth on the all-time list for games at the
position (2,219). Larry Bowa is fourth with 2,222.