After dominating in his first two outings, allowing just one earned over nine total innings, Chris Stratton ran into some trouble on Wednesday against the Surprise Saguaros. The 26 year old righty went just three innings and gave up five earned while striking out two.
After recording the first out of the bottom half of the first, Surprise touched up Stratton with a series that included a double and three consecutive singles before the second out was recorded. With two outs, Jin-De Jhang, a catcher in the Pirate organization, doubled home the frame's third and final run.
All in all the second inning went better for the Giants right-hander, as he retired the first two batters of the inning. Then he gave up a single to Nick Gordon (SS, Twins) before DH Jose Trevino (C, Rangers) took him deep to make it 5-0 Surprise.
In his third and final inning, Stratton again recorded the first two outs then ran into trouble, allowing consecutive singles before retiring the side. On the afternoon Stratton allowed a total of nine hits, and the five runs he gave up bumped his ERA for the Fall League up from 1.00 to 4.50.
On the plus side, Stratton again did not allow a base on balls, and has yet to walk anyone in twelve innings in Arizona.
Another Giant pitching prospect, sidewinder Tyler Rogers, came on to pitch a scoreless seventh, giving up a leadoff double before retiring the next three. He has worked three innings in the Fall League and has yet to allow a run. Rogers is an interesting player to keep an eye on, as he held a 0.77 ERA in Double-A Richmond and it took him until June 23 to allow a single run with the Flying Squirrels. He was promoted to Sacramento to begin July and did not enjoy that same success in Triple-A, posting a 6.10 ERA in 31 innings. His strikeout rate was actually a touch higher with the River Cats, but it was his walk rate (which doubled) that led to some trouble. He has not walked anyone in his three Fall League innings.
At the plate today, both Hunter Cole and Aramis Garcia were in the lineup, and it was Garcia bringing home Cole with a single in the sixth that accounted for Scottsdale's lone run of the day. With the loss, the Scorpions drop to 3-11 on the season, the worst record among the Fall League's six teams.