The San Francisco Giants had to scratch Johnny Cueto from Thursday’s game and ended up losing the series finale against the Detroit Tigers 6-2.
Cueto was scratched just before the game on Thursday afternoon with an ear infection.
Chris Stratton made his first major league start in Cueto’s absence.
Things got off to a shaky start as he gave up a run in the first inning on a 2-out hit from Miguel Cabrera. But it was even worse in the second as Stratton allowed a leadoff triple, which was followed by an RBI-single. And then two batters later he gave up a 2-run home run to put the San Francisco Giants in a 4-0 hole.
He gave up another run in the third inning to make it a 5-0 deficit. However, he really settled down after that and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings the rest of the way.
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Stratton finished the day giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks in 6.2 innings with 2 strikeouts. Considering the fact he probably had no idea he would be starting for the San Francisco Giants today, that’s not a terrible line.
The offense did Stratton no favors as they were shut down all day by Anibal Sanchez.
The San Francisco Giants finally got to Sanchez in the sixth with a single and a triple to begin the inning. They scratched across another run against Sanchez in the sixth. Sanchez finished the game giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks with 8 strikeouts.
The Tigers scratched across another run in the eighth off of Kyle Crick to make the final score 6-2.
- Cueto sick: It looks like Cueto is dealing with flu-like symptoms, but it’s unclear at this point if he’ll be able to make another start for the San Francisco Giants before the All-Star Break.
- Stratton Ends Nicely: It looked like it was going to be a terrible first major league start for Stratton, but he settled down and finished strong. I think he’s more of a long reliever in the future, but there were some good signs for Stratton in this game. Especially considering he barely had any notice that he was starting today.
- Offense Goes Silent: The Tigers pitching staff allowed just six base runners all game. The San Francisco Giants went 3-up-3-down six times in this game.
The San Francisco Giants will finish the first half of the season at home against the Miami Marlins. The three game series starts at 7:15 PCT Friday.