San Francisco Giants Win 2-0 Behind Strong Performance From Stratton
By Chris Estrada
The San Francisco Giants won behind rookie Chris Stratton today by a score of 2-0. After coming off a game where the bullpen once again blew a game for Madison Bumgarner, they won by playing Giants baseball. Key hits, good pitching and good defense won this game.
After coming off of a masterful performance against the Washington Nationals last weekend, Chris Stratton delivered once again throwing six shutout innings while only allowing four hits Against the Milwaukee Brewers. He picked up his second win on the year and has thrown 12 consecutive shutout innings.
This was the type of game that has rarely been seen this year. This was a Giants win. Not much action in this one. After Stratton pitched, Matt Cain, Mark Melancon, and Sam Dyson threw three shutout innings to shut the door and get the shutout. That was a big deal. This was the 64th home game of the season and it was also the first shutout the Giants had thrown this year at home. With the history of this pitching staff and how this AT&T Park is played, that stat is very surprising.
The Giants got on the board with a Brandon Crawford (61) RBI Double scoring Jarrett Parker. Then Nick Hundley followed and got an (22) RBI groundout. That was the only scoring in the game for the Giants and the only ones they would need.
In the bottom of the 8th Pablo Sandoval was hit in the hand by a pitch and had to come out of the game. It didn’t look that bad and possibly could’ve been precautionary for the exit.
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Bullpen Setup- At this point in the season, the Giants have more confidence in Sam Dyson as the closer and Mark Melancon as the set up man. Melancon has been injured this year and it is wise to take it easy of Melancon’s arm.
Pablo Sandoval- He has been struggling since putting on a Giants uniform. Coming in to tonight’s game he was only hitting .238/.275/.353. Sure he has only played in 14 games and has 51 at-bats but for a team that is looking to get younger he has to prove he can still play at this level
Minor Leagues News- Today the Giants promoted outfield prospect Steven Duggar to Triple-A Sacramento. In 29 games with Single-A San Jose Duggar hit 4 HR and 20RBI while slashing .270/.361/.470. This year Duggar was the prospect next in line for a promotion had it not been for an injury. Look out for a possible promotion to San Francisco in September.
Tune in tomorrow night as the Giants will try to take game two of the series against the Milwaukee Brewers.