SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' new lineup isn't looking any better than the Giants' old lineup. Scoring is still a colossally tough chore. As for home runs, what are those?
After the Milwaukee Brewers gave away the previous day's game with their defense, they tightened things up Tuesday night with an errorless 3-1 victory over the punchless Giants at AT&T Park.
Wily Peralta (8-11) and three relievers limited the Giants to six hits. Perhaps most disturbing, manager Bruce Bochy's effort to get production out of the leadoff spot has actually taken a turn for the worse after he moved second baseman Marco Scutaro into the top slot.
Scutaro is 0 for 9 the past two nights hitting first and left three runners in scoring position in this latest loss. But Scutaro wasn't the only one flailing. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval had chances to drive home the tying run in the eighth inning but couldn't get it done.
"We've been in position to win so many of these games," Bochy said. "We needed to have somebody come through for us, and that was missing again."
It was a tough pill to swallow for Matt Cain (7-7), who delivered his second consecutive strong seven-inning outing, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out six. But he left the game trailing 2-0, and the Giants' limp offense couldn't make up the deficit despite some excellent opportunities in the seventh and eighth innings.
Cain knows full well that when the hitters were hitting better earlier in the year, the pitchers weren't pitching as well as they are now. So he wasn't about to blast the club's feeble offensive effort.
"Guys are getting in position, but we just have to find ways to get them across the plate," he said. "It's just like getting ourselves in pitching positions where we can get ourselves out of jams and succeeding in doing it. They weren't worried about us earlier, and we're not worried about them now."
But Bochy sure is, particularly with the most reliable hitters on the team -- Posey, Sandoval and Scutaro -- failing to come through.
"That's what you hope for, create situations where you have the right guys up," he said. "We're getting them out there, we just need to have somebody to clutch up and get a timely hit."
It was a particularly rough night for Posey. He made a throwing error in the fourth inning when he tried to pick off baserunner Norichika Aoki, and the ball sailed into left field, allowing Milwaukee's second run to score. Then, with the tying run on third base and one out in the eighth, Posey hit a weak grounder to short.
"It's frustrating," Posey said. "I think all of us take a lot of pride in being in those situations and coming through."
After getting their lone run on a Joaquin Arias RBI groundout in the seventh, the Giants nearly accomplished what has become a rarity for them at AT&T Park in the eighth -- a homer. Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a long blast to right field against the Brewers' Brandon Kintzler, but the ball caromed off the top of the wall mere inches from going out.
Crawford's near-homer wound up extending a dubious streak for the Giants -- 92 innings over 10 games without a home run in their home park dating to July 20.
"It was good enough to go in a lot of parks, but you can never be sure here," Crawford said. "It's tough. We're not scoring a lot of runs, and when we do get opportunities to do it, I think each of us just really puts a lot of pressure on ourselves to get it done."
For a decade, Zito has worked on the behalf of disabled veterans through the organization he founded, Strikeouts For Troops.
Milwaukee (Marco Estrada 4-4) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner 11-6), 7:15 p.m. CSNBA