Monday, August 21, 2017

First home shutout of they year

A great game in a year that's seen too few of them -- the Giants got their firsts home shutout of the year.

Giants are now 51-76

Here is the top of the story  --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton employed a different strategy to achieve a similar result Monday night at AT&T Park, where he delivered six innings to propel the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Brewers, San Francisco's first home shutout of the season.
Stratton (2-2) limited the Brewers to four hits while striking out only one batter. In his previous start Aug. 13 at Washington, the right-hander amassed 10 strikeouts while working 6 2/3 shutout innings. Stratton, who allowed only three runners to reach scoring position Monday, extended his streak of scoreless innings to 12 2/3 -- the longest by a Giants rookie since Chris Heston amassed 16 1/3 in July 2015.
Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-7) also lasted six innings and essentially matched Stratton. Davies lapsed only in the fourth inning, when Brandon Crawford doubled home a run and Nick Hundley's groundout scored another. The outcome dropped the Brewers 2 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games behind the D-backs for the second NL Wild Card slot.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Defense vs. trickery: The Brewers unsuccessfully tried to bedevil the Giants on the basepaths in the fourth inning. With two outs and Stephen Vogt on first base, Orlando Arcia singled to right field and took a wide turn around first base. As shortstop Brandon Crawford began to run Arcia back to first, Vogt, who had advanced to third, broke for home. Ryder Jones, who had taken a relay from Crawford, made a perfect throw home to retire Vogt.
Not quite art: Arcia remained a central figure in the bottom of the fourth, darting up the middle and executing a 360-degree slide as he snared Hunter Pence's grounder. But second baseman Neil Walker couldn't barehand Arcia's relay. That gave the Giants runners on first and second with nobody out as they proceeded to score twice.


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