Stratton impresses, but Giants shutout again in loss to Dodgers

Hope Soto
April 4, 2018

Alex Wood of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the third inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018. Otherwise, the Giants only came up with four other hits; singles from Joe Panik, Hunter Pence, and Brandon Crawford, and a double from Brandon Belt. Stratton is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers. The run counted when Puig slid safely into first base under the tag.

"I don't care who you are", Bochy said. "It's all jokes with him".

DETROIT - Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift Pittsburgh over Detroit - about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their own.

The two-run homer by Bellinger, last season's NL Rookie of the Year, ended an 0-for-11 start to his season. The Nationals are 3-0 for the fourth time in their history.

The previous four games between the teams have all gone under the total-as did three of the first four a year ago.

Hill (1-0) allowed five hits and walked three, striking out five.

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In the Dodgers, Stratton will face an offense that was handcuffed in the first two games of the season to the tune of zero runs and just seven hits.

The Giants start RHP Johnny Cueto against the Dodgers' LHP Alex Wood, a 16-game victor previous year, on Friday in the second game of the four-game series.

Hill was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts in his first full season with the Dodgers, who obtained him from the Oakland Athletics at the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline. Puig went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3 • In Toronto, Yangervis Solarte hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Kevin Pillar added an insurance run by stealing second, third and home to send the Blue Jays over NY, which got two home runs from Tyler Austin.

Hill got out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings.

On Thursday, Panik took Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deep in the fifth inning, and followed it up the next night with a ninth inning game-winner off closer Kenley Jansen. For now I think it's just a thing to watch. "That was really something that I thought we did well, was executing breaking balls when we needed to and timely fastballs". Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have combined for four hits and one RBI while Yasmani Grandal has two hits. Hernandez started at second base, then switched to center field for the final inning and made a leaping catch in front of the center-field wall to preserve the shutout. Hill is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

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