SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants had a full, healthy lineup on the field for … two innings.
Brandon Belt was removed before the top of the third because of a stomach illness, but the Giants wouldn't need their best hitter to top the Phillies. Chris Stratton threw six shutout innings, Joe Panik reached base four times, and the Giants cruised to an easy 4-0 win, getting a bit of revenge for a sweep in Philadelphia last month.
Here are the details…
- Stratton got five strikeouts on his curveball, a pitch that appeared to abandon him for much of a rough May. Per Inside Edge, Stratton allowed an MLB-worst slugging percentage of .875 on breaking balls in May. The curveball was much better Friday and helped him put Phillies away as he got ahead in counts. This was his longest outing since May 4.
- Panik walked in his first plate appearance, singled in his second, walked in his third, and singled again in his fourth. He grounded out to second in his final plate appearance.
- Gorkys Hernandez went 101 feet to rob Odubel Herrera of at least a double in the fourth. Let this become a theme: That's a catch Giants center fielders haven't made very often the last two or three years.
- Sam Dyson struck out the side in the eighth on 12 pitches. His ERA is down to 2.39. It appears he is next in line for the ninth should something happen with Hunter Strickland, even with Mark Melancon now back.
- Gregor Blanco once again replaced Mac Williamson defensively in the late innings. Tomorrow's roster move is going to be very, very interesting.