Chris Stratton was sharp in his San Jose Giants debut start, logging five innings of one-run ball before a stellar performance from the bullpen secured an opening day win.
Stratton allowed just four base runners in his five innings, including two hits and two walks. His only run came on a large home run from Dodgers prospect Chris Jacobs, who hit 14 homers in the California League in 2013. Eight of Stratton's 15 outs were from ground balls, which implies the Mississippi State product's two-seam fastball was sinking properly. The pitch sat between 89 and 91 miles per hour most of the night but peaked at 93 a few times.
The four innings of bullpen work were phenomenal, especially a two-inning, five strikeout performance from left hander Ryan Bradley. His high-80s fastball isn't overly impressive, but he pounded the strike zone and threw a heavy-sinking changeup for most of his punch outs.
Ian Gardeck and Jeff Soptic cleaned up the final two innings.
Offense erupts for seven runs, 12 hits
The lineup jumped all over Los Angeles' 2013 first-round selection Chris Anderson, who failed to make it out of the first inning in front of Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and legend Tommy Lasorda, who were both in attendance. Anderson faced eight batters, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.
Mitch Delfino got the scoring started with a RBI single, scoring Jesus Galindo — who had a spectacular opening day. Galindo collected three hits, including a double, and stole a base. Galindo stole 48 bags a season ago with the Augusta GreenJackets. The big hit of the inning came off the bat of catcher Ben Turner, who took an inside fastball and drove it down the left field line, scoring Delfino — who also had a three-hit night — and Mac Williamson.
Turner added an RBI single in the fifth.
Chuckie Jones displayed his power potential, hitting a warning track home run in the third inning before clearing the left field fence by a surmountable distance in the seventh for San Jose's first home run of the season.
Right-hander Kendry Flores will face Dodgers rehabber Josh Beckett tonight at 7:05. Beckett is scheduled to throw five-to-six innings, which will be followed by an appearance from 17-year-old phenom Julio Urias, who will likely pitch the remaining innings.