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Giants turn to Stratton for series opener vs. Nationals

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Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants

  1. The starting staffs of both the Nationals and Giants are holding their opponents to a .213 batting average; the Nats rank second in the NL, fractionally ahead of the Giants, who are third. Only Arizona starters (.210) are holding opposing batters to a lower batting average.
  2. SF has been held to zero or one run in an MLB-high 10 games (out of 21 the team has played). Since 2013, the Giants have scored fewer than two runs in a game 175 times, second only to San Diego's 190 times in that span.
  3. Bryce Harper is tied for second in the National League with 19 RBI; the Giants' top two RBI men, Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt, have a total of 21 RBI between them. San Francisco does not have a player in MLB's top 50 in batting average (Belt's .288 mark ranks 51st) or in the top 60 in RBI (McCutchen is tied for 62nd with 11).
  4. Last season, Trea Turner hit .365 against NL West foes, with 18 runs scored in 19 games. In 2018, Turner has a .185 average against the NL West (5-for-27) and a .254 mark against all other opponents.
  5. In 2018, Gio Gonzalez is allowing opposition batters to hit .326 (15-for-46) with the bases empty, compared to .220 (9-for-41) with men on. He has surrendered only two hits in 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position, and only one hit in 12 at-bats with two outs and RISP.
  6. Chris Stratton has pitched 24.1 innings this season and has yet to surrender a home run. Only two other pitchers in MLB have worked 20 or more innings and have not yielded a longball: teammate Johnny Cueto (26.0 innings) and Boston's Rick Porcello (25.2).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2018 thru 4/25/2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Chris Stratton will seek to duplicate two impressive efforts when he takes the mound for the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

The series is the first in San Francisco since Giants reliever Hunter Strickland plunked Nationals star Bryce Harper with a pitch last May, triggering a brawl at the mound that resulted in the ejection of both players.

The Giants got the worst of the altercation, with slugging backup Michael Morse suffering a career-ending concussion in a collision with teammate Jeff Samardzija near the mound.

Stratton wasn't with the Giants at the time, but he contributed one of the best-pitched games of his young career when the clubs met again in Washington in August.

Making just his third career start, the 27-year-old shut out the Nationals on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-2 win. He struck out 10.

It's the only time he has faced Washington.

Stratton (1-1, 2.22) has won just four times since, and came close to a fifth when he limited Arizona to one run in seven innings in his last start on Wednesday. He did not, however, get a decision in the 4-3 win, during which he recorded eight strikeouts.

The Giants will be opening a 10-game homestand following a 10-game trip on which they went just 4-6. Statton started two of the four wins.

Stratton wasn't the only Giants starter who pitched well on the trip. The club is coming off a series win against the Los Angeles Angels in which both Samardzija and Johnny Cueto took shutouts late into wins.

Strickland saved Sunday's 4-2 win for Cueto, and afterward was asked about his thoughts of seeing Harper again.

"Win a series," is all he would say.

In the Nationals, the Giants will be seeing a team coming off a high-profile series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, one that included a meeting on Sunday Night Baseball.

Washington lost two of three in the rematch of 2017 division winners, scoring a total of just eight runs on 21 hits in the three games, which ended with the Nationals stranding two in the top of the ninth of a 4-3 loss on Sunday.

Harper went 2-for-10 in the series, which the Nationals played without injured regulars Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton. They remain out.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49) will oppose Stratton.

The veteran has made 12 career starts against the Giants, going 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA.

He restored order to the Nationals-Giants series in San Francisco last season the day after the brawl, pitching 6 1/3 innings in a 6-3 win. It improved his record at AT&T Park to 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA in seven starts.

Gonzalez threw 97 pitches in beating the New York Mets 5-2 in his last start, allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

That pitch total wasn't even five times the number Giants first baseman Brandon Belt saw in one historic at-bat Sunday against the Angels' Jaime Barria in the first inning.

Belt fouled off 16 pitches and flied out on the 21st pitch of the at-bat, the most pitches in a Major League Baseball at-bat since 1988.

Afterward, Belt apologized.

"When I'm in the field, I hate it when a batter keeps fouling pitches off," he insisted. "I'm like, 'Dude, just put it in play. It's not that hard. Let's go.' So, I basically had to apologize to everybody after that."

Updated April 23, 2018

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