Bill Hall hit a three-run homer, Mike Rivera added a two-run
shot, and rookie Zach Jackson ended a four-start winless stretch in
the Milwaukee Brewers' 10-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday
It was the Giants' third straight loss and they are 1-3 since
the All-Star break.
"We just didn't look fresh coming back from the All-Star
break," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Even when you take a
break from a job for lunch for an hour or 30 minutes, you're
supposed to come back fresh. We just don't look fresh."
Bonds, who could be indicted by a grand jury on perjury and tax
evasion charges sometime this week, went 0-for-1 with two walks a
day after hitting his 721st career home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to
Philadelphia. It was his first since July 7.
When Bonds climbed the dugout steps for batting practice before
the game, he said: "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. I'm too old for this." He
turns 42 next Monday, and the Giants have that day off.
Bonds grounded out to second in the first and drew a six-pitch
walk in the fourth and a five-pitch walk in the sixth -- his 79th
free pass of the year -- before Todd Linden replaced him in left
field in the eighth.
Carlos Lee doubled twice, drove in a run and scored for
Milwaukee, which won consecutive road games for the first time
since June 26-27 against the Chicago Cubs. Prince Fielder had a
double in his three hits and added a sacrifice fly as the Brewers
scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time
since Aug. 24-25, 2003. They won 10-5 at Arizona on Sunday.
"Sometimes, it's just a matter of time," manager Ned Yost
Jackson (2-2) outpitched Giants ace Jason Schmidt with five
strong innings for his second win of the season and first since
June 12 at Cincinnati. Rick Helling, a former 20-game winner with
Texas, pitched three scoreless innings of relief and worked of a
bases loaded jam with no outs in the sixth.
"I was fighting myself a little bit," Jackson said. "I was
trying to be aggressive, but I was able to make the pitches when I
Schmidt (6-6), who had his start pushed back one day because of
fatigue after returning from the All-Star game in Pittsburgh,
allowed a season-high 10 hits and hasn't won since he matched a
franchise record with 16 strikeouts in a victory over Florida on
Randy Winn hit a broken-bat double with one out in the fourth,
then Jackson gave up consecutive walks to Bonds and Moises Alou to
load the bases for Pedro Feliz. Feliz hit a sacrifice fly to center
for a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers tied the game at 1 in the fifth on Rickie Weeks' RBI
single to center, then got four straight hits off Schmidt to start
the sixth -- a double by Lee, Fielder's single, an RBI double by
Gabe Gross, then Hall's 18th homer of the year to left.
Rivera hit his second homer in the seventh to make it 10-1.
"The guys are being more patient," Rivera said. "We've got
ourselves back on track."
Schmidt has lost three straight starts and his last four
decisions and saw his ERA rise from 2.78 to 3.06. He pitched his
ninth career shutout against the Brewers on May 3 for the first of
his four wins in May on the way to NL pitcher of the month honors.
He struck out the side in order in the third after striking out
Jackson to end the second, giving him four straight K's and five
through three innings. But that's as many as he would get.
"Just one of them nights, man. I should have stayed home,"
Schmidt said. "Obviously you want to win, you want the team to
win, you want to pitch well. You can walk out of here feeling
better when you know you did your job and pitched well."
Gross, Milwaukee's center fielder, turned a great double play
when he caught Winn's first-inning flyball and fired home in time
for catcher Rivera to tag Jose Vizcaino.
In Schmidt's 19 starts this season, the Giants have scored
more than four runs four times. ... Giants 2B Ray Durham, who left
Sunday's game against Philadelphia in the sixth inning with a
jammed right shoulder, was available to come off the bench and
hoped to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday night -- though Alou
said he didn't plan on starting Durham. ... Bonds entered the game
a lifetime .361 hitter with 19 homers against the Brewers, but
hasn't homered against Milwaukee since April 13, 2004. ...
Fielder's three hits matched his career high. He's done it nine
times. ... The grunge band Pearl Jam attended the game and hung out
in the clubhouse afterward.