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Giants leave brooms at home on Father's Day, fail to complete sweep of Brewers

Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News on

Published in Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO -- Among all the potential Father's Day gifts out there, a broom ranks among the tackiest.

It's exactly the present manager Bruce Bochy wanted anyway, but Oracle Park remains a sweep-free zone in series of at least three games for the Giants.

After taking the first two games of a three-game weekend set from the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, the Giants failed to break out the brooms in a 5-3 loss on Sunday.

"We would have loved to finish it off today and we could have, we had our chances," Bochy said.

The defeat halted the Giants' longest win streak of the season at four and prevented them from earning their first sweep in a three-game series this year. Bochy's club hasn't earned a three-game sweep since taking three from Arizona from June 29-July 1, 2018 and hasn't picked one up at home in over a calendar year.

Is a broom really a good Father's Day gift? Probably not, but it's practical, functional and for the 2019 Giants, an item they'd like to be using a lot more.

 

"I like the way we're pitching, we're keeping it close and we are creating those chances, that's what you need to do," Bochy said. "If you do enough of it, the odds are, somebody is going to come through for you."

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija gave up a run in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings and his offense failed in its best opportunity to complete another dramatic comeback win. The Giants overcame a four-run deficit to win 8-7 on Saturday, but scored just once after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth inning of Sunday's loss.

Catcher Buster Posey struck out against Brewers reliever Matt Albers with the bases loaded before Brandon Belt drove in pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval with a sacrifice fly. A walk by Evan Longoria loaded the bases again for the Giants, but one of Saturday's heroes, Brandon Crawford, popped out in foul territory to end the scoring threat.

The only thing swept away in Sunday's game was Belt's 18-game on-base streak, which began on May 23 and featured 17 walks.

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