Friday, August 2 - 7:05 p.m.
Charleston RiverDogs (22-17, 61-46)
Dan Camarena (87.2 IP, 4.83 ERA, 3.98 FIP, 16.1 K%, 4.2 BB%, .270 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (20-18, 58-49)
Chris Stratton (98.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 24.8 K%, 9 BB%, .342 BABIP)
If a South Atlantic League team should have some idea of what to expect from Chris Stratton, it's Charleston.
Stratton has faced the RiverDogs five times out of his 17 starts. Three of the starts were solid outings, allowing no runs on one hit in five innings April 12, three scoreless innings July 7 before rain suspended the game, and one run in six innings with nine strikeouts June 14. The other two starts were six runs and four runs allowed, the most recent coming July 12.
Stratton's last start was one run in five innings with five walks and eight strikeouts against Savannah on July 27. It's the sort of outing that happens to Stratton every now and then, where he has a lapse in control and can walk a few more than he wants. He has seven starts this year where he has walked three or more. But a 24.8 percent walk rate goes a long way toward rectifying that.
The opposition is Dan Camarena, a lefty who had a memorable outing last time he visited Augusta. Camarena threw six no-hit innings against the GreenJackets on July 4. My take following that start:
"Camarena wasn't overly dominating, striking out three and inducing eight swinging strikes, but he allowed a lot of weak fly balls. He gave up just two ground balls and induced five infield popouts.
"The left-hander established his fastball the first time through the order, followed by a boatload of changeups the second time through. He mixed in several slurvy breaking balls, especially early in the count, but they flashed as show-me offerings. Camarena thrived off the changeup."
Expect more of the same from him. He continues to be a very steady pitcher for the RiverDogs. That incredible streak he was on during that period is over, though, having allowed five runs in six innings against Greensboro last time out.