Stratton strikes out two in MLB debut

Chris Stratton pitched a perfect inning of relief in his MLB debut on Monday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Chris Stratton pitched a perfect inning of relief in his MLB debut on Monday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Memorial Day 2016 will be a day Chris Stratton never forgets.

The former Tupelo and Mississippi State standout made his Major League debut for the San Francisco Giants on Monday after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento over the weekend.

With his entire family in the stands, Stratton pitched a perfect inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The 25-year old right-hander tossed 12 pitches, eight of which went for strikes and a fastball that topped out at 94 miles per hour.

Stratton fired a first pitch strike and retired Adonis Garcia with the second on a flyout to center to leadoff the bottom of the eighth inning.

The former first round selection fell behind Nick Markakis 3-0 but battled back to get a swinging strikeout on a nasty 12-6 curveball. Stratton finished off the frame by fanning Kelly Johnson swinging at a 1-2 breaking ball.

Stratton was called up on Saturday after Matt Cain was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Cain’s spot in the rotation rolls around Wednesday and Stratton could be in line to get the starting nod against the Braves.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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