Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stratton Subdues Nats

SF 4  WSN 2
Chris Stratton struck out ten today in DC and allowed no runs over 6-2/3 innings. That's a great team and a tough lineup even without Bryce Harper. The rookie almost made it through seven but he surrendered a walk (his only one) on his 109th pitch and 26th batter. Nonetheless it was an outstanding effort and secured the team's first win against the Nationals this season. I said in a previous post that it was time to see what this guy can do and I hope he makes all his starts the rest of the way. The bullpen had a shaky moment with Hunter Strickland allowing a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. You know the crowd loved that. He did get his three outs and both Josh Osich (one batter, one out) and Sam Dyson (three-up, three-down save) did their jobs and the 'pen held on for the win. The Giants were up 3-0 early and tacked on a late run, something they seem to be doing a better job with lately. Mr. Doubles Nick Hundley had one, his 19th, as did both Ryder Jones and Gorkys Hernandez. Joe Panik had three hits and two runs batted in and Kelby Tomlinson drove in that late run with a sac fly pinch-hitting in the top of the 8th. Good stuff!

Matt Moore gets the late game tonight. Giants go to Miami on Monday.



Zo said...

Giants (and Nats) put in the position of having to complete 3 baseball games Sunday. Scherzer vs Moore is going to be tough.

Barbara said...

Standing firmly in the "baseball is entertainment" corner, I have to say it has become, dare I say it, fun to watch these guys play. For weeks, I would barely watch, mostly following on GameDay, or with a PIP in the corner in the TV. I love the Giants, but it hurt for them to be so incapable of playing a decent game. But now that they are playing for nothing but pride they have improved significantly. I don't do all the stats like you guys (although I find it fascinating), so my analysis tends to be based on emotions. But I think they are finally respectable. Gives me hope for 2018.

Zo said...

Barbara, that's it, isn't it? Not that they put up a good fight and lost, but that they looked inexplicably so bad............they are playing much better now. I give credit mainly to relief but the ability to hit some has been a big part of it.

M.C. O'Connor said...

This is the team I thought we'd see in April. Oh, well. At least they are playing good ball. It has to start there, winning ballgames and getting out of the losing cycle. And it is exciting to see the young players and wonder if any will stick with the club and be part of a new, improved team for next year and beyond.