Giants & A’s

Matt Kawahara, Bay Area baseball beat writer

Big hits are missing for San Francisco

04/18/2013 12:00 AM

04/18/2013 8:18 AM

MILWAUKEE – Even after the victories on this seven-game trip, manager Bruce Bochy has insisted that his team isn't clicking. On Wednesday, that finally caught up to the Giants.

Ryan Vogelsong had his best outing of the season, but the Giants lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. The loss was the second straight for the Giants at Miller Park, and afterward, Bochy lamented the fact that the lineup didn't pile on the runs when the opportunity was there.

Trailing 3-0 entering the sixth, the Giants tied the game but felt they left several runs on the field. Buster Posey struck out with the bases loaded but was picked up by Hunter Pence, who hit a two-run single.

"We've got some guys not clicking, and we've talked about this," Bochy said. "We're fortunate (to be 9-6), to be honest. We're not quite there yet, and we know that. We just needed one more hit."

Posey was 0 for 4, dropping his average to .213. The reigning National League MVP is just 2 for 18 with one RBI on the trip and has only four extra-base hits this season after going all spring without a homer.

"The frustrating one for me was with the bases loaded, but with Hunter picking me up that's a little easier to swallow," Posey said. "I normally feel like I put that ball in play."

Despite the uncharacteristic numbers, Posey said he feels good at the plate. He had two hard-hit outs Wednesday and said timing isn't an issue.

A day after hitting everything hard, Brandon Belt broke up Kyle Lohse's perfect game with a fifth-inning walk, but was hitless in his other at-bats, dropping his average to .180.

"Belt was really long today and overstriding a bit," Bochy said. "It's all about consistency, and he's not there."

Vogelsong gave up three early runs but said he felt this was his strongest start. He struck out five in seven innings.

"It's still not perfect, but today was better," he said.

About This Blog

Matt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at mkawahara@sacbee.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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