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SD@SF: Bumgarner tosses 7 2/3 frames of one-run ball

One thing has become quite apparent to the Brewers 26 games into the season -- they aren't playing consistent baseball.

"It took us awhile to find it last year. It's a different group of guys, different personalities, and I think we're trying to find out who we are as a team," manager Ron Roenicke said. "To get on a roll, we have to have everything working. We've had our pitching at times, we've had our offense at times. "We don't seem to have them both at the same time. To get more consistent in those areas -- we have to do that."

Milwaukee lost its last two contests to the Padres without scoring any runs before plating three in the first inning Friday against San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum and eventually winning the game, 6-4.

Hoping for less of a roller-coaster ride Saturday, the Brewers will square off against the Giants in the second game of the series at AT&T Park.

They'll be up against a Giants team that has struggled heavily at home this season. In 13 games in San Francisco, the team is hitting .251 (111-for-441) with five home runs and averaging just 2.7 runs per game.

However, on the road in 13 games this year, the Giants are hitting .267 with 16 home runs and averaging 4.9 runs per game.

While that may put added pressure on Giants starter Madison Bumgarner to be more fine with his pitches, the left-hander has continued to put up stellar numbers at home.

In his last nine starts at AT&T Park, Bumgarner has limited opponents to two runs or fewer.

Doing just that Sunday against the Padres, he surrendered just one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings for his fourth straight win.

"He's a hard worker, a tireless worker," catcher Buster Posey said. "He's constantly looking for ways to get better. I think that's what's so exciting about him."

Brewers: Braun sits again with sore Achilles
While left fielder Ryan Braun has improved since exiting Wednesday's game in San Diego with a tight right Achilles, he still wasn't in the starting lineup Friday against the Giants.

"It's still just tight in the Achilles, and we'll try to give it another day," Roenicke said.

• With the lefty Bumgarner set to take the mound Saturday, Roenicke hinted before Friday's game that recently promoted utility man Brooks Conrad would get the start at first base. A switch-hitter, Conrad was on fire with Triple-A Nashville before being called up, homering in three straight games.

• Randy Wolf will get the start for the Brewers on Saturday. Off to a rather sluggish start, Wolf believes he has to stop trying to be so fine with his fastball. Against the Giants, the left-hander owns a career 2.85 ERA in 20 starts.

Giants: Sandoval doing well after surgery
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's surgery Friday to remove the fractured hamate bone from his left hand was successful, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

"He's doing great," Bochy said of Sandoval, who visited the Giants' clubhouse after his surgery.

Sandoval, who initially felt discomfort last Sunday but didn't leave the lineup until Wednesday, is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Worth noting
• Right-handers Chad Thompson and Mark Williams combined to pitch a no-hitter for Class A Wisconsin at Clinton (Iowa) on Friday night. Thompson, Milwaukee's 27th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, walked three batters and struck out six in five innings. Williams handled the final four innings with one walk and three strikeouts, including a pair of whiffs to end the game.

• The Giants have had 12 games this season that have been decided by one run. San Francisco has gone 5-7 in such contests this season. Comments