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Stratton throws six shutout innings, Panik gives Giants instant spark in win over Phillies

Stratton throws six shutout innings, Panik gives Giants instant spark in win over Phillies

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants had a full, healthy lineup on the field for … two innings. 

Brandon Belt was removed before the top of the third because of a stomach illness, but the Giants wouldn’t need their best hitter to top the Phillies. Chris Stratton threw six shutout innings, Joe Panik reached base four times, and the Giants cruised to an easy 4-0 win, getting a bit of revenge for a sweep in Philadelphia last month. 

Here are the details… 

— Stratton got five strikeouts on his curveball, a pitch that appeared to abandon him for much of a rough May. Per Inside Edge, Stratton allowed an MLB-worst slugging percentage of .875 on breaking balls in May. The curveball was much better Friday and helped him put Phillies away as he got ahead in counts. This was his longest outing since May 4. 

— Panik walked in his first plate appearance, singled in his second, walked in his third, and singled again in his fourth. He grounded out to second in his final plate appearance. 

— Gorkys Hernandez went 101 feet to rob Odubel Herrera of at least a double in the fourth. Let this become a theme: That’s a catch Giants center fielders haven’t made very often the last two or three years. 

— Sam Dyson struck out the side in the eighth on 12 pitches. His ERA is down to 2.39. It appears he is next in line for the ninth should something happen with Hunter Strickland, even with Mark Melancon now back. 

— Gregor Blanco once again replaced Mac Williamson defensively in the late innings. Tomorrow’s roster move is going to be very, very interesting. 

Kevin Pillar emotional on return to Rogers Centre for first time since trade

Kevin Pillar emotional on return to Rogers Centre for first time since trade

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally-charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto team -- and they more than made him feel back at home. The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered for him when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the crowd who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

 

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Kevin Pillar never won any awards or championships during his seven years with the Blue Jays, but he definitely won over the hearts of Toronto fans with his highlight-reel catches.

So when the Giants center fielder went out to play defense in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, Blue Jays fans showed their appreciation for the 30-year-old.

It was a pretty emotional moment. We're sure Pillar was choking back tears as he watched the tribute video and tipped his cap to the fans.

The love for Pillar didn't stop there. When he came up for his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays fans once again gave him a standing ovation.

But the cheering ended quickly as Pillar singled to left field and drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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Pillar and Crawford would later score on a Joe Panik double to right.

Not a bad homecoming for the Toronto fan favorite.