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Stratton Tosses Gem as Giants Blank D'backs For Third Straight Win

SAN FRANCISCO — This season, Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin has followed the path worn down by another NL West lefty. Corbin has not missed the Giants on the schedule, a reminder of years when Clayton Kershaw would face them once a month.

Monday’s start against the Giants was Corbin’s sixth in six series this season, and he once again was sharp, but he wasn’t the best to take the mound. Chris Stratton threw eight shutout innings in the longest start of his career and the Giants edged the Diamondbacks 2-0.

The Giants do not want to be called a "spoiler," so we'll instead point out that they took a game off the first-place club and crept back within seven. Here's what else you need to know...

—- Stratton threw 117 pitches, the most by a Giants starter this season. He allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out six. Since coming back from the minors, Stratton has given up just two runs in 14 1/3 innings.

—- Steven Duggar hasn’t been here long, but he certainly knows where a left-handed hitter should aim at AT&T Park. Duggar’s first homer at home was a rocket pulled right down the line. The two-run shot in the second inning was the first homer allowed by Corbin since June 16. Both of Duggar’s big league homers have come against the Diamondbacks.

—- Paul Goldschmidt runs very well for a big man, but that didn’t stop Brandon Crawford from robbing him in the sixth. Goldschmidt hit a grounder deep to the hole and Crawford made a sliding stop and popped up in one move, uncorking a strong throw to first to stun Goldschmidt.

—- Austin Slater had a nice stretch to help Crawford get Goldschmidt out, and he made a great scoop an inning later. Slater has done a nice job at first, and the Giants should probably see if he can be a backup at other spots, too. They appear unwilling to make him the left fielder. Perhaps he’s a super-utility guy, though?

—- The Giants drew big crowds for most of the summer, but with the Diamondbacks in town, and school back in session, this was a rough one. They announced 38,808 but the lower deck was about half empty throughout the night and huge swatches of the bleachers were open.

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