Dodgers’ rookie Ross Stripling can’t contain Marlins in 3-2 loss

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA APRIL 25, 2016-Marlins base runner Christian Yelich scores the tying run in the 5th inning against theDodgers at Dodger Stadium Monday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

When the Dodgers removed Ross Stripling from a no-hitter in his major league debut, they were lauded within the industry — even, as Manager Dave Roberts noted, by Stripling’s father.

Stripling had made a 100 pitches, a high in his professional career, and he was in his first full season after elbow ligament-replacement surgery. It was the eighth inning and he was five outs shy of a no-hitter.

In his next two starts, Stripling did not pitch as deep into the game. In his fourth start, on Monday, same thing.


He was at 95 pitches through five innings. He was not particularly sharp. The bullpen was active, and Stripling was due to bat in the fifth inning.

Roberts let Stripling bat, then gave him the first three batters in the sixth inning. Two got hits, on pitches 100 and 106, and the Miami Marlins scored the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. In his first game as a visiting manager at Dodger Stadium, Don Mattingly, the Dodgers manager the previous five years, emerged triumphant.

The Dodgers got the tying run on base with one out in the ninth inning. Adrian Gonzalez, the last position player on the bench on what was intended to be his first day off this season, struck out as a pinch-hitter. Corey Seager struck out for the final out.

The score was tied, 2-2, through five innings. The Dodgers had home runs from Yasiel Puig and Trayce Thompson; the Marlins had a home run and a run-scoring double from Giancarlo Stanton.

“I really didn’t throw hardly any good curve balls tonight,” Stripling said, “as Stanton showed.”


By now, Roberts said, Stripling has been “built up” to last beyond 100 pitches. With the Dodgers trying to stay away from relievers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher, and with the Marlins’ bottom four batters lined up for the sixth, Roberts said he wanted to get one more inning from Stripling.

“We needed to get some length out of our starters,” Roberts said.

Stripling, sent back to the mound for the sixth inning, had given up three hits in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The first batter of the sixth, J.T. Realmuto, singled. With left-hander J.P. Howell up in the bullpen, Roberts left the right-handed Stripling in to face the left-handed Derek Dietrich.

Dietrich tripled, past a diving Puig and into right-center field and Realmuto scored. Stripling got one more batter before Roberts summoned Howell.

Stripling took the first loss of his major league career, after getting no decision in each of his first three starts. In all, he gave up three runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings, on 107 pitches.

For the first time, Stripling gave up a home run, and to quite the household name. After facing 81 batters without giving up a home run, Stripling threw a 72-mph curve that Stanton drove over the left-field fence in the fourth inning to put Miami ahead, 1-0.


The Dodgers went deep, twice, in the bottom of the inning. Puig hit his second home run this season, and Thompson hit the first of his Dodgers career. Stanton doubled home Christian Yelich in the fifth after first baseman Yasmani Grandal misplayed a foul pop, and the Marlins had tied the score, 2-2.

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