The Milwaukee Brewers have now lost seven straight series at San Francisco, falling to the Giants 4-2 Wednesday in dropping two of three at A-T-and-T Park. “X” rays on third baseman Travis Shaw turned up negative after he fouled a pitch onto his right foot in the ninth inning — the same foot on which he fouled a pitch earlier this month that kept him out for one game. The Giants went in front for good in the seventh when Jarrett Parker hit a check swing, two run double off Jacob Barnes who dropped to 3-4. Milwaukee’s only runs came on a double from Shaw and a solo homer from Stephen Vogt — and the Brewers are now 3-3 on their nine game Western road trip as Milwaukee has fallen to three and a half games behind the N-L Central leading Cubs, and they’re three back for the league’s final Wild Card spot. The Crew is off today (Thursday) and will play the Major League leading Dodgers tomorrow (Friday) night in Los Angeles.
The Brewers have claimed minor league starter Aaron Brooks off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs designated the right hander for assignment last weekend to make room for catcher Rene Rivera, whom Chicago claimed from the New York Mets. Brooks will be a starter at the Brewers’ Triple “A” farm club in Colorado Springs — and he’s 8-9 in the minors this year with a six-point-two-oh E-R-A but general manager David Stearns says Brooks has thrown better in the past and could do so again. He has 58 innings of big league experience with Oakland and Kansas City, and he recovered from a hip injury last year. Also Wednesday, Milwaukee designated Colorado Springs right hander Paolo Espino for assignment.