Stratton shuts down Padres on 1 hit in Giants' 7-0 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Chris Stratton is the San Francisco Giants' de facto No. 1 starter because of injuries, and boy did he pitch like it Thursday night.

Stratton and reliever Derek Law combined on a one-hitter in shutting down the San Diego Padres 7-0.

Stratton allowed San Diego's only hit, a one-out single in the third inning by pitcher Clayton Richard, who was pinch-hitting for starter Bryan Mitchell. Richard was doubled off after Franchy Cordero lined out to shortstop.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team's lone hit was by a pitcher who did not start the game since June 28, 1935, when Pittsburgh's Mace Brown did it against the Chicago Cubs.

''That wasn't too long ago,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy joked. ''That's an odd one, isn't it? If he doesn't get that hit, he's pitching. He's going out there until he (gives up) a hit because he was all right with the pitch count.''

Hunter Pence's broken-bat, two-run bloop single highlighted a three-run first inning and that was enough to allow Stratton (1-1) to settle in for a career-high seven innings.

''When you get the three runs early it just makes it a lot easier as a pitcher to go out there and pound the zone,'' said Stratton, who threw 101 pitches. ''Give the offense credit to come out tonight and put some runs up early and make it real comfortable.''

Giving up the only hit to a pitcher ''is just part of the game,'' Stratton said. ''Good swing by him.''

Richard hit a three-run homer at Colorado on Monday night in a 7-6 win.

Stratton struck out four, walked three and retired his final eight batters. The only time a runner got into scoring position against him was when he walked Freddy Galvis and Carlos Asuaje with one out in the fifth. Stratton then had a 12-pitch at-bat against Austin Hedges, who flied out to left.

Law, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, threw two perfect innings.

It was the Giants' third shutout. The Padres have been blanked twice.

Stratton ''put on a clinic on pitching tonight,'' Bochy said. ''He had all four pitches going and mixed them up.''

San Francisco's top three pitchers, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, are on the disabled list.

''Now he's one of our guys,'' Bochy said of Stratton. ''He was coming in as the No. 4 starter of this club. Now that makes him the No. 1 guy. He can do that. He can handle it. He could have gone back out if the game was a little closer. I think he's ready to take that on as far as going deeper in the game.''

San Diego manager Andy Green said the Padres' poor approach did them in.

''Us, swinging outside the strike zone. Us, more than anything,'' Green said. ''We didn't take good at-bats out there today at all. I don't think at any point in time today you can look at our at-bats and think they were good. This was not a good baseball game. I don't think we did a lot very well today.''

The Giants, who lost all three series at Petco Park last season, chased Mitchell (0-2) after three innings. Mitchell was wild again, walking five to give him 14 in three starts. He allowed three runs and four hits while striking out two.

Mitchell loaded the bases with one out in the first on two walks and a single before Evan Longoria brought in the first run with a fielder's choice. Mitchell walked Brandon Crawford to load the bases again before Pence sent a single to right to bring in two more runs.

The Giants scored four unearned runs in the sixth off Colten Brewer, who was making his major league debut. Two runs came in on third baseman Christian Villanueva's throwing error on Andrew McCutcheon's two-out, bases-loaded grounder, which was followed by Buster Posey's two-run double.

Mitchell, acquired from the New York Yankees in an offseason trade, ''has got work to do,'' Green said.

''There's a lot to like when it's driven down in the zone - you saw that in the Houston game. You're not going to walk five guys in three innings in the major leagues and be successful. The challenge is out in front of him. We believe in his stuff. We believe in what he can do. It's time to do it,'' he added.

NICE PLAY

With runners on first and third and one out in the third, Hedges, the Padres' catcher, sprinted several feet and made a diving catch of a pop bunt by Gregor Blanco and then doubled Crawford off first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Bochy said closer Mark Melancon, on the disabled list since March 28, received a stem-cell injection to treat the pronator in his right forearm. Bochy said Melancon received the shot from Dr. Joshua Hackel at Dr. James Andrews' clinic in Pensacola, Florida.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 4.11 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Friday night against San Diego.

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (1-1, 5.25) is scheduled to make his third start.

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    • b-hit into fielder's choice for Lyles in the 5th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Posey (3), G. Blanco (2)
    • SH - C. Stratton (2)
    • RBI - B. Posey 2 (8), E. Longoria (3), H. Pence 2 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Posey 2 (4), H. Pence 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Villanueva (2)
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    C. Brewer0.24402100.009.00-5.5
    R. Erlin3.12001202.380.797.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Mitchell (L, 0-2)3.0
    J. Lyles2.0
    C. Brewer0.2
    R. Erlin3.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 101-67, D. Law 25-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 7-9, D. Law 1-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 24, D. Law 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Lyles
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Mitchell 61-32, J. Lyles 28-16, C. Brewer 38-24, R. Erlin 44-31
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Mitchell 2-4, J. Lyles 2-2, C. Brewer 1-1, R. Erlin 5-3
    • Batters Faced - B. Mitchell 17, J. Lyles 7, C. Brewer 9, R. Erlin 13
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      • a-singled for Mitchell in the 3rd
      • b-hit into fielder's choice for Lyles in the 5th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Posey (3), G. Blanco (2)
      • SH - C. Stratton (2)
      • RBI - B. Posey 2 (8), E. Longoria (3), H. Pence 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Posey 2 (4), H. Pence 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Villanueva (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Stratton (W, 1-1)7.01003402.600.9829.0
      D. Law2.00000200.000.007.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      C. Stratton (W, 1-1)7.0
      D. Law2.0
      Total9.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Mitchell (L, 0-2)3.04335205.272.12-7.0
      J. Lyles2.00000201.930.867.0
      C. Brewer0.24402100.009.00-5.5
      R. Erlin3.12001202.380.797.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      B. Mitchell (L, 0-2)3.0
      J. Lyles2.0
      C. Brewer0.2
      R. Erlin3.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 101-67, D. Law 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 7-9, D. Law 1-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 24, D. Law 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Lyles
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Mitchell 61-32, J. Lyles 28-16, C. Brewer 38-24, R. Erlin 44-31
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Mitchell 2-4, J. Lyles 2-2, C. Brewer 1-1, R. Erlin 5-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Mitchell 17, J. Lyles 7, C. Brewer 9, R. Erlin 13
      • 6TH INNING
        Posey doubled to deep left, Panik and McCutchen scored70
        McCutchen safe at first on 3rd baseman Villanueva fielding error, Pence and Blanco scored, Panik to third, McCutchen to second50
      • 1ST INNING
        Pence singled to right center, McCutchen and Longoria scored, Crawford to third30
        Longoria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Panik scored, McCutchen to third, Posey out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Erlin Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blanco singled to shallow left
        • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hundley flied out to shallow right
        • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Panik grounded into fielder's choice to second, Blanco out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Gorkys Hernandez in right
        • F. Cordero: Ball, Cordero lined out to left
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pirela popped out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hosmer flied out to deep left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Erlin Pitching:
        • B. Posey: Posey grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Longoria flied out to center
        • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Foul, Crawford grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Derek Law pitching
        • Nick Hundley catching
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Asuaje grounded out to first
        • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hedges struck out looking
        • R. Erlin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Erlin struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Erlin Pitching:
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Blanco doubled to deep left
        • C. Stratton: Stratton hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Blanco to third
        • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to second
        • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Szczur hit for Jordan Lyles
        • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Villanueva flied out to right
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to second
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Colten Brewer pitching
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Pence reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Blanco walked, Pence to second
        • C. Stratton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Stratton struck out bunting foul
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik singled to center, Pence to third, Blanco to second
        • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Belt popped out to third
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen safe at first on 3rd baseman Villanueva fielding error, Pence and Blanco scored, Panik to third, McCutchen to second
        • B. Posey: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Posey doubled to deep left, Panik and McCutchen scored
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria singled to shallow right, Posey to third
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Longoria to second
        • Robbie Erlin relieved Colten Brewer
        • H. Pence: Pence flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • F. Cordero: Ball, Strike looking, Cordero flied out to left
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • B. Posey: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Posey flied out to deep center
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria grounded out to third
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to first
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked
        • C. Asuaje: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Asuaje walked, Galvis to second
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hedges flied out to left
        • M. Szczur: Ball, Strike swinging, Szczur grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Asuaje out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Jordan Lyles pitching
        • C. Stratton: Stratton grounded out to second
        • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Panik flied out to deep center
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Belt hit by pitch
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Pirela grounded out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Mitchell Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to left center
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Crawford singled to left center, Longoria to third
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
        • G. Blanco: Foul, Blanco fouled into double play catcher to first, Crawford out at first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Hedges popped out to shortstop
        • Clayton Richard hit for Bryan Mitchell
        • C. Richard: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Richard singled to right
        • F. Cordero: Ball, Cordero lined into double play shortstop to first, Richard out at first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Mitchell Pitching:
        • C. Stratton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stratton struck out swinging
        • J. Panik: Ball, Panik flied out to deep left
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt walked
        • A. McCutchen: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked, Belt to second
        • B. Posey: Posey grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Spangenberg popped out to third
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • C. Asuaje: Ball, Asuaje flied out to deep left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Mitchell Pitching:
        • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
        • B. Belt: Foul, Belt flied out to deep right
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCutchen singled to right, Panik to second
        • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Posey walked, Panik to third, McCutchen to second
        • E. Longoria: Longoria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Panik scored, McCutchen to third, Posey out at second
        • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Longoria to second
        • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Pence singled to right center, McCutchen and Longoria scored, Crawford to third
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco popped out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • F. Cordero: Ball, Ball, Cordero grounded out to second
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pirela walked
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hosmer popped out to shortstop
        • C. Villanueva: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Villanueva flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)