Conforto goes 4 for 4 with a homer, Giants use six pitchers to blank Brewers 5-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Michael Conforto went 4 for 4 with a homer, and six San Francisco pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 on Thursday night.
In a designed bullpen game, Scott Alexander, Taylor Rogers, Jakob Junis (3-2), Sean Manaea, Tyler Rogers and John Brebbia teamed up to strike out 13 and walk two.
Conforto reached on each of his five plate appearances with three singles, a solo homer and a walk. LaMonte Wade Jr. went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Casey Schmitt was 2 of 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Giants’ triumph spoiled the return of Brewers starter Julio Teheran, who allowed only one run over five innings in his first major league appearance since April 2021, with the Detroit Tigers.
Teheran, an All-Star selection with the Atlanta Braves in 2014 and 2016, had been pitching for the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, Texas. He opted out of the minor league contract with the Padres and agreed to terms with the Brewers on Tuesday, though the signing wasn’t official until Thursday.
The 32-year-old right-hander struck out five and gave up four hits and a walk. The only run Teheran (0-1) allowed came on Wade’s two-out single up the middle in the fifth. Wade’s hit scored Schmitt, who had reached on a one-out single.
That was the first run the Brewers had allowed since Monday, as they were coming off back-to-back shutout victories over the Houston Astros. The Brewers have three shutout losses and two shutout wins over their last eight games.
The Giants broke the game open by scoring four runs off Tyson Miller in the eighth.
Conforto led off the inning with a 424-foot drive over the wall in center on Miller’s first pitch. Two outs later, Schmitt doubled home two runs and scored on Patrick Bailey’s double.
Milwaukee’s best scoring chance came in the first inning on a long drive from Darin Ruf, but San Francisco’s Mike Yastrzemski made a leaping catch at the wall in right-center to rob his former teammate of an extra-base hit and possible homer.
Ruf played nine games with the Giants this season before getting designated for assignment.
The Brewers didn’t get a hit until Willy Adames delivered a two-out double to left in the fourth. Christian Yelich followed that with a walk, but the rally ended when Adames was picked off second.
Milwaukee produced another two-out threat in the fifth when Rowdy Tellez singled and Joey Wiemer walked, but Manaea came out of the bullpen and struck out Tyrone Taylor to preserve San Francisco’s lead.
Giants RHP Luke Jackson is expected to pitch Friday for Triple-A Sacramento as he continues his recovery from reconstruction to his ulnar collateral ligament. Giants OF Austin Slater (left hamstring strain) could start a rehabilitation assignment as early as this weekend.
LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 4.05 ERA) starts for the Giants and RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.15) pitches for the Brewers as the four-game series continues Friday night.
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