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Giants Stat-Pack: 9-3 in AT&T openers

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Giants Stat-Pack: 9-3 in AT&T openers

The Giants have scored four or more runs in each of the first six games of the season. That is the second-longest streak of scoring at least four runs to start a season in San Francisco history. The longest streak was the first nine games of the 2003 season.

Runs Scored First 6 Games of Season
Since 2006
2006 34
2007 14
2008 12
2009 26
2010 31
2011 28
2012 33

Giants Offense - N.L. Ranks
5.5 RunsGame 1st
.245 Team Avg 6th
8 Home Runs t-3rd
14 Doubles 2nd
.314 OB 5th
.421 Slug 3rd

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Giants Pitching - N.L. Ranks
5.58 ERA 16th
.280 Opp Avg 14th
33 Strikeouts 15th
27 X-Base Hits 16th
17.9 PitchesInn 15th

Fewest Runs Scored in N.L.
Pittsburgh 11
Philadelphia 18
New York 18
San Diego 21
Cincinnati 21
.199 Team Avg - 2nd Lowest in N.L. (SD .179)

Giants 3-Game Winning Streak in Home Openers
2009 Def MIL 10-6 Rowand, Molina, Winn all with HR
2010 Def ATL 5-4 in 13 Renteria 2-Run HR ties it in 9th, Rowand Walk-Off RBI Single
2011 Def STL 5-4 in 12 Sandoval Single ties it in 9th, Rowand Walk-Off RBI Single
Giants 9-3 All-Time in Home Openers at AT&T Park

The other walk-off win at AT&T Park in the Home Opener was 2002 when Barry Bonds hit a Walk-Off 2-run HR in the 10th off Alan Embree of the Padres.
Matt CainCareer
Home -- Road
Starts 106 -- 98
REC 39-35 -- 30-38
ERA 3.12 -- 3.66
CG 6 -- 7
HR 55 -- 55
Opp Avg .220 -- .236

Lowest Opp. Average at Home
Since 2009
Clayton Kershaw .197
Justin Verlander .207
Josh Johnson .212
Jered Weaver .212
Matt Cain .214
Most Career Wins at AT&T Park
Jason Schmidt 41
Matt Cain 39
Tim Lincecum 36
Kirk Rueter 28
Livan Hernandez 27
35 Losses at AT&T - Most All-Time

Best Winning Pct at AT&T Park
N.L. Opponents
Dodgers .519 56-52
Cubs .512 22-21
Pirates .474 18-20
Nationals .452 19-23
Reds .442 19-24

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

SAN FRANCISCO — After the final out Monday night, a round table was carried into the corner of the home clubhouse at AT&T Park and surrounded by chairs. Eleven players were sitting, eating, drinking and laughing as Chris Stratton prepared to address the media. 

It was a rare sight for the Giants these days, a very rare sight. But then, so was Monday’s result. Stratton led the way in a 2-0 win over the Brewers that was the first home shutout of the season and motivated the joyous post-game scene. 

The shutout was just the second of the season for the staff. Ty Blach went the distance in the other one and Stratton, a fellow rookie, did the heavy lifting Monday, throwing six strong innings before giving way to the bullpen. Matt Cain pitched the seventh, Mark Melancon pitched the eighth while going back-to-back for the first time in three months, and Sam Dyson closed it out quickly. 

There’s a chance that Stratton joins that group in a few days. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a rehab start on Tuesday night in Sacramento and that could put him on track to return to the rotation a turn later. That would line up with Stratton’s next start, but Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to kick the young righty out of the rotation, not after back-to-back scoreless starts against two of the better lineups in the league. A few days after striking out 10 Washington Nationals, Stratton cut through the Brewers. He has 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two appearances. 

“For how we’re using him, he’s really handled it well,” Bochy said. “We skipped him, moved him back three or four days, but he doesn’t let it faze him. This is an important time for these young players coming up, whether it’s (Ryder) Jones or (Jarrett) Parker or Stratton. They’re trying to show they belong in the Major Leagues.

“You’re hoping these guys show they’re ready to play here and we don’t have to do something else because we can do it internally.”

Bochy said he could use a six-man rotation when Cueto returns, or a starter could be skipped. That will all sort itself, but the manager made one thing clear. 

“We’d like to pitch him as much as we can,” Bochy said of Stratton.

That’s the same thing Bochy used to say of another right-hander, one he compared Stratton to before Monday’s game. Bochy was asked about Yusmeiro Petit, and he smiled and fondly stated, “He was so good. So good.” The Giants see some Petit in Stratton. He is unaffected by long layoffs and he’s capable of starting, relieving, or even pumping his fastball up a couple ticks for short outings. 

Petit was a mainstay in San Francisco for years, a key cog in a championship team. Bochy has been looking for that piece since Petit departed in free agency, and Stratton seems like he might be suited for the role. He will want more, of course, because all pitchers do. The Giants will give him five more weeks here to try and earn that. 

For the moment, Stratton’s focus is elsewhere. He turns 27 on Monday and the celebration started early. As Stratton answered questions, veterans at the table heckled him about striking out just one Brewer. 

“I left all the strikeouts in Washington, I guess,” Stratton said. 

Nick Hundley walked up with a TV remote and held it up between the cameras. 

“What was your thought on the punchout?” he asked. 

“I’m glad he swung,” Stratton said, smiling. “It was a ball.”

“Did you think about getting any more?” Hundley asked. 

With that, he smiled and ducked back behind the cameras to return to the celebration in the corner. A few minutes later, Stratton joined him.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.