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Giants Mad at Brewers' Roof Policy

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    The Giants are not happy with the Brewers, even though they left Milwaukee having won two of three and taking the series against the Brew Crew.

    That game they lost -- the third one -- featured Miller Park's retractable roof only partially open, which created a pile of different shadows all over the ballpark, which Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't appreciate.

    Bochy believes the roof should either be a) open or b) closed.

    “You would think that’s the way it should be,” Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “Baseball should take control of that."

    See, the Brewers got a pile of complaints from their players about what happens during the day games with the roof open. So the team started keeping the roof half open which is great, unless you're the team who's not used to playing there.

    As a result, the Giants allowed two bad errors in the first inning, when the Brewers scored six runs off of Barry Zito.

    One of those was by shortstop Brandon Crawford, who won't be deposed from his gig, in case you were curious.

    “I saw the ball, but I couldn’t really see what kind of hop it was going to take,” Crawford said. “I picked it up kind of late and it was hit hard. The combination didn’t help, and I just didn’t get my glove in the right spot.”

    And the other error involved Joaquin Arias, who nearly got decapitated while playing third base. Per Baggarly, Arias never saw the ball leave the bat of pitcher Marco Estrada.

    “The way they had it set up, half closed … they did say they had trouble seeing the ball,” Bochy said. “Still, walks and not getting the (pitches) where we needed it, that’s what opened the floodgates.”

    The vitriol coming out of San Francisco could be even spicier if people weren't on the record. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that players are "very upset" and that "one person was upset to the point of losing his temperas he discussed it."

    Of course, none of this really matters. The Giants are done playing in Milwaukee this season and done playing the Brewers period. But if other teams start following suit and complaining about the bizarre decisions in Miller Park, it's possible this could actually become something baseball has to deal with.