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On Friday night, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling made his major league debut, and it was an auspicious outing for the 26-year-old righty, to say the least. Stripling pitched 7⅓ innings, struck out four, walked four, and was charged with one earned run, which came after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled him from the game following his 100th pitch of the night. The big controversy here is that Stripling left the game with a no-hitter still intact.
Chris Hatcher entered the game, and in a cruel twist of fate, the no-hitter went by the wayside when San Francisco's catcher Trevor Brown slugged a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants eventually won the game in extra innings, 3-2. Naturally, the reaction to this move ran the gamut from from shock and disappointment on one end and schadenfreude on the other end. One thing is clear, though -- Dave Roberts made the right decision.
Ross Stripling is coming off of Tommy John surgery in 2014, and stretching out a pitcher like that at this stage of the season (especially a rookie pitcher) wouldn't be the wisest thing to do -- especially when Stripling was showing clear signs of fatigue. The allure of a historic moment in baseball history is tempting, but this is a marathon instead of a sprint, and the Dodgers had to keep Stripling's health and durability in mind here.
Stripling's parents agreed.
Wow. Ross Stripling's father thanked Dave Roberts for taking his son out with a no-hitter last night. Strong words. pic.twitter.com/1s49Ye8aLp— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) April 9, 2016
The Dodgers may have lost the game, but they'll benefit in the long run from this decision. Meanwhile, Bumpus Jones can rest easy knowing that his achievement in 1892 still stands alone.
- While this drama was going on, the Giants signed 1B Brandon Belt to a long-term contract extension.
- The worst has been confirmed for Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber -- he's torn his ACL and LCL and will miss the rest of the 2016 season.
- Trevor Story's amazing story continues to be written, as the Rockies rookie smashed two more home runs on Friday afternoon.
- In the midst of a winter wonderland on the south side of Chicago, Cleveland's Rajai Davis made an amazing catch against the White Sox.
- Oakland Athletics OF Chris Coghlan hit a crucial solo homer in the ninth inning against the Mariners, and threw in a pretty nonchalant bat flip, to boot.
- The Cardinals hit four pinch-hit home runs throughout the entire 2015 season. On Friday against the Braves, they hit three pinch-hit dingers in one night. Astonishing.
- If you're a fan of grand slams, then the Blue Jays and Red Sox probably made all of your dreams come true on Friday night.
- Eric Hosmer went to a Justin Bieber concert with some of his teammates and ended up saving a girl after she fell at the concert. No big deal, just a routine baseball story right here.
- Despite what some in the game would tell you, Beyond the Box Score wants you to know that the new slide rules are working properly.
- 10 years after Hank Aaron hit his historic 715th home run off of Al Downing, the two men met up at Fulton County Stadium to repeat the feat, and a 50-year-old Aaron managed to smash another homer.