Strickland booed, Stratton shines for Giants in win over Nationals


WASHINGTON – Most of Chris Stratton’s 13 major league appearances have involved a similar set of circumstances:

A doubleheader. An exhausted bullpen. A spot start. Maybe a 16-inning game the night before. And, no matter how he fared on the mound while sopping up innings, the high probability of a ticket back to Triple-A.

But this is not the same Giants team and, more significantly, Stratton is not the same pitcher. He still has minor league options. This time, though, he will stay awhile.

The Giants will give Stratton a chance to carve out a place in the rotation down the stretch, and he made the most of his opportunity in Game 1 of Sunday’s split doubleheader at Nationals Park. The quiet right-hander with the basic-training haircut buzzed through the Nationals lineup in the Giants’ 4-2 victory, striking out 10 while carrying a shutout into the seventh inning.

The shutout ended in the eighth inning to delirious cheers at Nationals Park when Anthony Rendon clocked a two-run home run against Hunter Strickland, who was making his first appearance of the series.

Strickland threw the pitch that beaned Bryce Harper and sent fists flying May 29 at AT&T Park. There’s no chance that the two will cross paths again in this series, now that Harper is on the disabled list with a “significant bone bruise” he sustained Saturday night while slipping on a wet base.

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