It seemed everybody was a bit more fired up following a lengthy
Moises Alou's go-ahead two-run double in the sixth helped Wright
win for the first time in nearly two months, and the Giants beat
the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing
"I know what the last month and a half has brought for me,"
Wright said. "I was anxious to get out there and give the team a
chance to win. Hopefully this will give us some confidence."
Wright (6-8) snapped an eight-start winless stretch with his
first victory since he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on May 22,
going 0-5 during that span.
Earlier in the day, Giants players held a sit-down session to
discuss their recent struggles that included a 10-1 loss to the
Brewers on Monday night.
"It's not a secret what we look like out there," shortstop
Omar Vizquel said. "We've got to pick up the pace a little bit."
Giants slugger Barry Bonds lined an RBI double off the wall in
right-center in the third, drawing oohs and aahs from fans who
thought the swing was good for the slugger's 722nd career home run.
Right fielder Geoff Jenkins appeared to be in position for a catch
but couldn't make the play.
Bonds, who could be indicted by a grand jury on perjury and tax
evasion charges this week, also struck out swinging and popped out
twice. He appeared relaxed before the game, joking with his
teammates as they warmed up before batting practice.
Fans chanted "Barry! Barry!" when he batted in the fifth and
popped out to shortstop.
The Giants aren't worried about any potential distractions
surrounding their star player.
"It's not a concern for us," Wright said. "We're
professional, veteran guys."
Rookie Prince Fielder had his third straight three-hit game and
drove in a run for Milwaukee, and Tomo Ohka pitched five solid
innings in his return to the rotation. It was the right-hander's
first start since May 1, when he left a game against Houston after
partially tearing his right rotator cuff.
"I thought he pitched great," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
"He was back like he hadn't missed a beat."
With a runner on and one out in the sixth, Mark Sweeney just
missed a home run that would have put the Giants ahead when the
ball sailed just to the right of the right-field foul pole on its
way into McCovey Cove. He singled moments later to move Pedro Feliz
"Tonight is a good start for us," Sweeney said. "Hopefully we
can get this to snowball in the right direction."
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Fielder's RBI single
that followed two stolen bases by Rickie Weeks. They scored on an
error for their second run in the fourth that gave them a 3-2 lead.
Giants center fielder Randy Winn made a wild throw home on Bill
Hall's RBI single. The ball bounced off Hall's bat, then Wright
dropped the ball while backing up the plate.
Wright allowed eight hits and struck out five in six innings.
Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.
Vizquel helped Wright record two outs on the first three pitches
of the third, a liner and groundout. In all, it was a five-pitch
inning after Jenkins grounded out to first to end it.
Earlier Tuesday, the Brewers received the disappointing news
that shortstop J.J. Hardy will have season-ending surgery on his
injured right ankle as soon as Thursday.
The Brewers placed Hardy on the disabled list May 17 after he
collided at home plate with Philadelphia catcher Sal Fasano. The
sprain healed, but Hardy started having trouble with a tendon in
Wright is 3-4 against his former team. ... Weeks stole his
18th and 19th bases of the year in the first. ... The Brewers
optioned LHP Zach Jackson, Monday's winning pitcher, to Triple-A
Nashville to make room for Ohka. ... Vizquel got his 2,400th hit
when he singled in the third, good for 98th place on baseball's
career list. ... Giants 2B Ray Durham, who left Sunday's game
against Pittsburgh in the sixth inning with a jammed right shoulder
and missed Monday's game, returned to the starting lineup. "Do I
feel good? Good enough," he said. ... Fielder has 10 three-hit
games. ... The Giants earned their 20th comeback win of the year.