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Chris Stratton clears the bases with first career double


Sometimes, you have to help yourself out. On Wednesday night, Chris Stratton did just that. With two outs and the bases loaded, Stratton stepped to the plate and shot a bases-clearing double into the right-center field gap to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants led off the inning with a pair of singles from Nick Hundley and Brandon Crawford, but a strikeout from Aramis Garcia and fly out from Chris Shaw left Gorkys Hernandez up with two outs. Hernandez drew a walk from Padres starting pitcher Robbie Erlin, who clearly preferred to take on Stratton rather than Hernandez.

The decision immediately came back to bite Erlin, as Stratton ripped his first career double. His start comes on the heels of his first career complete-game shutout, which came in a 2-0 win against the then first-place Colorado Rockies September 14. He has a 2.10 ERA in his last five starts.

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