Chris Stratton stymies contending Brewers, Giants win 2-0

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Source:   —  August 22, 2017, at 4:02 AM

"What was your thought on the punchout?" Hundley asked. Stratton pitched six innings to running his scoreless streak to twelve two/three innings over his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Monday night.

Chris Stratton stymies contending Brewers, Giants win 2-0

Catcher Nick Hundley came into the postgame scrum with a question of his own for pitcher Chris Stratton, razzing the rookie for a one-strikeout night.

"What was your thought on the punchout?" Hundley asked.

Stratton pitched six innings to running his scoreless streak to twelve two/three innings over his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a two-0 win Monday night.

It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped two one/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

Brandon Crawford hit an RBI double to back Stratton (2-2) in his fourth major league start after he won at WA his latest time out — with ten strikeouts that day and just the one Monday.

"I just left all the strikeouts in Washington, I guess," he said on the eve of his twenty-seventh birthday.

Stratton'south scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston's sixteen one/three innings from July 1-twelfth, two thousand fifteen. The Giants earned their first residence shutout of the year, the latest team in the majors to do so.

"That'south our first shutout here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Grand work by him and the bullpen."

Stratton took a liner off his left glute by Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-seven) in the fifth but was fine.

Hundley added an RBI groundout on a night he played in space of Buster Posey, who'd a scheduled day off but also was banged up after being drilled in the left side by a pitch from Phillies closer Hector Neris a day earlier.

Davies allowed seven hits and two runs, struck out five and walked two in six innings. He took his first road beat of the season after a 7-0 start, dropping to just 14-4 far from residence for his career.

The Brewers' best chance came in the fourth, when Stephen Vogt hit a one-out single and tried to score on Orlando Arcia'south single one out later but was thrown out at the plate.

"It certainly was a noiseless night," said manager Craig Counsell, who celebrated his forty-seventh birthday. "We didn't discover any holes. We couldn't obtain one to drop."

Sam Dyson finished for his eleventh rescue in 12 chances as the Giants beat the Brewers for the sixteenth time in twentieth games, going 10-1 at home.

San Francisco stranded baserunners on second in each of the first two innings before finally getting to Davies in the fourth. After Jarrett Parker walked, Hunter Pence hit an infield single on which shortstop Arcia stopped the ball with a 360-degree turn and made a perfect flip to Neil Walker. The second baseman tried to barehand the capture rather than utilize his glove and couldn't hold keep of the ball as Parker advanced.

BOCHY'south FRUSTRATION

Bochy didn't dispute with Posey that Neris hit the catcher with a pitch on purpose.

"I'll declare this, he'south an idiot," Bochy said. "Well, it wasn't just a small bit inside... The same guy. I'll declare it, he'south an idiot. He showed it in Philadelphia when he was having words with (Eduardo) Nunez. I think that caused the radar to be up a tiny bit on what happened there (Sunday), and it wasn't a glancing blow. It was at his ribs, the behind of his ribs. No, I'm not surprised. I'd be upset, too."

On Monday, Pablo Sandoval exited in the eighth after being hit in the left forearm by a pitch from Carlos Torres. Bochy said afterward Sandoval was "fine."

TRAINER'south ROOM

Brewers: Celsius Vogt, who played for Oakland until claimed off waivers June twenty-five, came off the disabled list Friday and is still wearing a bulky brace on the left knee he sprained and sidelined him July eighteen. It can be tricky in his catcher'south crouch, but Vogt is figuring it out. He can go without in the wt room but wears it as a precaution for all baseball activities as there'south still some discomfort. "But it'south excellent sufficient for me to play and not damage anything," he said.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto wasn't feeling well and had his rehab outing as he works back from tender spots on three fingers of his pitching hand pushed back to Tuesday with Triple-A Sacramento... 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) did a full circular of baseball activities and was to undergo an exertion circuit test in the training room. If all went well, he was going to Sacramento to play a rehab game Tuesday, otherwise he'd connect Class A San Jose on Wednesday. He could return to the Giants lineup when the team hits the road Friday at Arizona.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (9-6, 3.74 ERA) beat the Giants on June 7 at Miller Park.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.79) is 1-5 in eleventh career starts vs. Milwaukee but earned his first win against the Brewers on June 5.

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