Ross Stripling rescued the Dodgers on Sunday, again. After he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of the injured Rich Hill, Stripling now has a 1.04 earned-run average. He has faced 34 batters, walked one and struck out 13.
Stripling started 14 games for the Dodgers last year, in his rookie season. But, with the Dodgers expected to put Hill on the disabled list, Manager Dave Roberts said the team would most likely fill the rotation spot with Alex Wood.
Roberts also said Julio Urias is “not an option.” Urias, 20, the Dodgers’ left-handed prodigy, has made two starts at triple-A Oklahoma City. He did not complete five innings in either one, with the Dodgers slowly increasing his workload to manage his innings.
Wood, who started one game during Hill’s previous stint on the disabled list, has a 1.00 ERA. He has faced 38 batters, walked six and struck out eight.
Wood has 78 major league starts to his credit, and the Dodgers acquired him as a starter. But the Dodgers also are impressed with how well Stripling has taken to his long relief role and would rather not move him now.
“Ross has a nice niche right now,” Roberts said. “He’s got a nice rhythm.”
Cody Bellinger, their top prospect, is batting .395 through 10 games at triple-A Oklahoma City, with a 1.202 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He stole two bases Saturday and hit a game-tying home run and game-winning single on Sunday.
Bellinger is a first baseman, but the Dodgers played him at all three outfield spots this spring. He played center field for Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Austin Barnes said his parents were in attendance Sunday, when he did not play.
“They’re a day late,” he said.
He hit his first major league home run Saturday. His parents were not in attendance.
Barnes, the Dodgers’ backup catcher, has started two of the Dodgers’ first seven home games. His parents might have driven in from Riverside on Saturday had their son alerted them he would be starting the game.
“I probably should have told them,” he said.
In 2016, the Dodgers sold fewer than 40,000 tickets for four of their 81 home dates.
This year, they sold fewer than 40,000 tickets for three of their first seven home dates.
The Dodgers have led the major leagues in attendance in each of the four full seasons under the ownership of Guggenheim Baseball Management and expect to do so again this season.
The Dodgers returned outfielder Trayce Thompson to triple-A Oklahoma City. Thompson is hitless in 21 at-bats this season, with nine strikeouts — 0 for 13 at Oklahoma City and 0 for 8 with the Dodgers. ...Roberts said infielder Logan Forsythe is expected to return to the lineup Monday. Forsythe left Saturday’s game because of tightness in his right hamstring.
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