Giants treading water

18 June 2018 03:29:34 EST

The San Francisco Giants sit in third place in the National League West Division, 4.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and three games adrift of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the standings.

This, after losing two of three to the Dodgers, 23/20 to win the World Series, at Chavez Ravine over the weekend to conclude a disappointing 10-game road swing through Washington and Miami before reaching LA on Friday. On Sunday the Giants avoided being swept as they defeated their hosts 4-1 at Dodgers Stadium.

Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each went deep for San Francisco to help Chris Stratton (8-4) to the win. Stratton conceded LA's single unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three over six innings before handing the ball over the Giants bullpen. Four relievers combined to surrender just a single hit the rest of the way as San Francisco eased to the victory.

Andrew Suarez will head to the hill for the Giants at AT & T Park in San Francisco on Monday evening when they open their series against Miami. Suarez went the minimum against the Marlins in South Florida last week before leaving without the decision against Caleb Smith. The latter is scheduled to be the opponent once again with Dereck Rodriguez and Dan Straily on deck for Tuesday's encounter.

The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies follow the Marlins into town and the Giants will hope to gain some ground on the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10000/1 to win the World Series, in the NL West standings before heading to Chase Field in Phoenix to take on the Division leaders after completing their home stand.

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