Giants’ Chris Stratton makes a statement in final start

SAN FRANCISCO – Chris Stratton managed to make something out of the Giants’ unsalvageable season.

He came from the minor leagues as a long reliever. He walked off the mound Friday night to a standing ovation – and in all likelihood, incumbent status as the No.5 starter when everyone reports for spring training.

Stratton threw 6 2/3 strong innings in the Giants’ 8-0 victory over the San Diego Padres, and soaked up a standing ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park.

“He made a really big statement, I think, if you look at his body of work here,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You’re just watching him pound the strike zone. He’s got two breaking balls and a changeup, and he finished on a great note tonight.”

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