Ross Stripling passes tough first-inning test

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> It was almost like walking into a Yellowstone meadow and confronting a bison. With the crowd standing on behalf of the bison.“He’s a monster,” Ross Stripling said of his first-inning encounter with David Ortiz on Saturday. “He takes up the whole box. It was awesome, all the people cheering, but I couldn’t cherish it. I was out there trying to get him out.”Stripling is the rookie right-hander who has survived several false starts to join the Dodgers’ final laps of 2016. Ortiz, of course, is barreling into retirement like hardly any other baseball player ever has.The Dodgers had lost 9-0 on Friday. Now, the first two Red Sox got two singles in a four-pitch span. Stripling had survived a seven-pitch round with future batting champion Xander Bogaerts and struck him out. Later, in the clubhouse, Ellis said, “A lot of times people look at the eighth or ninth inning, but the first inning was the biggest one today.”We’re getting to the point where all these details matter. San Francisco somehow had its identity stolen during the All-Star break, along with its bat rack. The Dodgers, who were supposed to be lost at sea when Clayton Kershaw got hurt, are 20-13 since Kershaw last pitched (June 26). That got them to within two games of the Giants going into Saturday. They now have two paths to the playoffs and would prefer the one that doesn’t match them against, say, Miami’s Jose Fernandez in a one-shot wild-card situation.Stripling got through five innings. Grant Dayton, a 28-year-old pitching his first game in Dodger Stadium, blew away the Red Sox to set up Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen. In this year of pitching dangerously, new lefty Rich Hill still has enough blister worries to get today’s start postponed. So everything counts.“That changeup to Leon was the biggest pitch,” Stripling said. “He’s locked in, he wasn’t chasing. So I just gripped it and ripped it and fooled him a little bit. “The Bogearts at-bat was a heckuva battle, too. He fouled off everything. The curve finally made him chase. And then Bradley took a tough 3-and-1 cutter, didn’t swing, took the walk. It was a long first inning. My back was against the wall from the beginning. “Stripling hadn’t started for the Dodgers since May 19. He only came up from Oklahoma City when Bud Norris got hurt. He had a 4.85 ERA as a Dodger starter and the numbers showed he turned into a pumpkin after 75 pitches. “I’m trying to show that’s not really a thing,” he said, smiling. He was in the process of throwing a no-hitter in his major league debut when he was lifted after his 100th pitch. He also spent some idle time at Camelback Ranch with what was called “lower body fatigue.” He is a Tommy John survivor and a former Texas A&M teammate of the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha. Stability would be a new and foreign thing, but he’s looking forward to it.“Being in the rotation and the bullpen has kept me on my toes,” Stripling said. “You help in any way you can.”Meanwhile, Corey Seager slammed an RBI double and made the art of shortstop play look as simple as vacuuming, and Adrian Gonzalez beat the Boston shift with the first of his three hits and brought in the third run with his third.Stripling would like to stick around to see where this goes, but he knows he is allergic to plan. On Saturday it was enough to survive the monster in the box.center_img Now Ortiz fired a hard shot between second and first. “I wasn’t sure where everybody was,” Stripling said, speaking of the defense. Howie Kendrick, the second baseman, was in the alley, aligned in one of the constant shifts that Ortiz sees, the ones that make his .319 batting average and all those other numbers glow even more.Kendrick somehow made the play and threw Ortiz out. Then Stripling fell behind Jackie Bradley Jr., decided to keep pitching around him, walked him, got an 0-2 count on .374-hitting catcher Sandy Leon, fell back to 3-and-2 and looked at A.J. Ellis for help.Ellis signaled changeup. Striping threw one at 84 mph. Leon struck out, Stripling got through the inning with 25 pitches but no runs, and the Dodgers went on to win, 3-0. It was only the fourth time Boston has been shut out and only the second time since April.They got back to the dugout and Ellis told Stripling, “Great work, that’s big time.”last_img read more

Dodgers add veterans Ryan Madson and David Freese before deadline

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “The numbers aren’t indicative of the stuff and what he’s done as far as (being) proven and having pitched in big spots,” Roberts said. “So for us, we’re betting on the stuff and the person. Now when you get into sequencing and how you’re using your stuff, I just think our front office, our R&D guys with Rick (Honeycutt) and Mark (Prior) kind of tag-teaming, we’ll bet on giving him the best chance at having success here.”Madson’s big-league career appeared over after a 32-save season for the Phillies in 2011. He signed with the Reds as a free agent in 2012 but underwent Tommy John surgery for a second time, beginning a three-year odyssey.He missed all of 2012 and signed with the Angels the following offseason. Still experiencing problems with his elbow, he made just one minor-league rehab appearance for the Angels and was released in August 2013. Madson didn’t resurface until spring 2015 when he signed a minor-league contract and made the Royals out of spring training. He was a key part of the Royals’ bullpen during their championship season.In four seasons with the Royals, A’s and Nationals since his comeback, Madson has a 3.07 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He traveled to Los Angeles Friday but won’t be activated until Saturday when rosters expand.Istler, 25, was a 23rd-round draft pick out of Duke in 2015. He has risen from Class-A to Triple-A this season, posting a 4-4 record with a 2.53 ERA overall.  In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Madson, the Dodgers designed left-hander Adam Liberatore for assignment.FREESE INFreese was acquired to give the Dodgers another option against left-handed pitching.“We’re going to use him against left-handed pitching. He’ll be a bat off the bench against righties,” Roberts said. “He can play the corners, first and third. He’s a veteran presence, great clubhouse guy.”Freese, who was the 2011 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals, hit .283/.337/.447 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 93 games for the Pirates this season.Right-hander Erik Goeddel was transferred to the 60-day disabled lists in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Freese. Valdez spent his first professional season this year playing for the Dominican Summer League Dodgers. He batted .230/.343/.412 in 60 games.RING OF HONORThe Dodgers will induct Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor during a pregame ceremony Sept. 21.Jarrin will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having his name (or uniform number) permanently affixed to the facing of the upper deck down the left field line.ALSORight-hander Ross Stripling threw approximately 25 pitches in a bullpen session Friday afternoon but Roberts said it hasn’t been decided yet when Stripling will be activated or what role awaits him.“Right now, he had a ’pen today, felt good and now a conversation has to happen about what we want to do next,” Roberts said. …Julio Urias made his first relief appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. He walked the first two batters he faced, got an out on a bunt then was removed from the game. He threw 14 pitches, only six for strikes. …There has still been no resolution on the appeal of Yasiel Puig’s two-game suspension. The appeal hearing was held Tuesday.UP NEXTDiamondbacks (LHP Patrick Corbin, 10-5, 3.15 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.39 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles In the 38-year-old Madson, the Dodgers hope to address a glaring need in their bullpen. Madson has had 30-save seasons with the Phillies and A’s and has made 46 postseason appearances. He was a setup man for the Phillies during their back-to-back World Series runs in 2008 and 2009 and again for the Royals when they won the World Series in 2015.Earlier this week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the lack of experience in the group around closer Kenley Jansen.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I think it’s huge,” Roberts said of Madson’s experience. “There’s a difference in the late part of the game vs. the middle, lower-leverage. An easy way for me is just to see pitch execution in those spots. Anybody … any reliever – in leverage, there’s more misfires, more lack of execution.“Seeing him from the other side and how he’s had success in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning – that’s something you can hang your hat on.”Madson was not having a good season with the Nationals this year. He posted a 2-5 record, four saves and a 5.28 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 49 appearances for Washington. He missed time with a chest injury in May and lower back discomfort earlier this month. Madson pitched just once this week after being activated from the DL on Monday, allowing a home run in one inning against the Phillies. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Friday was the Dodgers’ last chance to go outside the organization to address their bullpen needs and they took it.The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor-league right-hander Andrew Istler. The Nationals placed Madson on revocable waivers earlier in the week and worked out a deal with the Dodgers after they placed a waiver claim on Madson.The Dodgers added another player with World Series experience as well, acquiring infielder David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez. Players had to be in an organization by 9 p.m. Friday in order to be eligible for postseason rosters.The Dodgers added veterans before the August deadline each of the previous three years, addressing specific needs each time – Chase Utley in 2015, Carlos Ruiz in 2016 and Curtis Granderson in 2017.last_img read more