AUGUSTA, Ga. (WTVA) - Tupelo native Chris Stratton picked up his first career win as a professional on Saturday. The former MSU Bulldog started the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday for the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League (Class-A). The GreenJackets won the game 4-1.
Stratton went five innings, giving up six hits and one earned run. He walked one batter and struck out three.
Three of the six hits came in a row in the second inning for the opposing Lexington Legends. After a leadoff double, Stratton surrendered a single and another double, giving the Legends a 1-0 lead.
But he settled in from there, escaping the inning without any further damage.
The start was the first for Stratton since he suffered an injury that ended his first professional season last August. While playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Stratton was struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice.
In eight games - including five starts - in 2012 with Salem-Keizer, Stratton pitched 16.1 innings and posted an (0-1) record with a 2.76 ERA.
Saturday's start was the first for Stratton with Augusta.