San Francisco Giants’ Chris Stratton stymies Milwaukee Brewers
SAN FRANCISCO — 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 run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings over his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Monday night.
It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 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 Washington his last time out — with 10 strikeouts that day and just the one Monday.
Stratton took a liner off his left glute by Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-7) in the fifth but was fine.
Hundley added an RBI groundout on a night he played in place of Buster Posey, who had 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 defeat of the season after a 7-0 start, dropping to just 14-4 away from home 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’s single one out later but was thrown out at the plate.
“It certainly was a quiet night,” said manager Craig Counsell, who celebrated his 47th birthday. “We didn’t find any holes. We couldn’t get one to drop.”