Dodgers make tough call on pitcher, beat Giants 3-2
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 09, 2016 05:38 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) throws out San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford at first base on a bunt attempt during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 8, 2016, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling was on track to become the first man in 124 years to throw a no-hitter in his major league debut when manager Dave Roberts made the contentious decision to pull him out of the game after 7-1/3 innings of Friday's game against San Francisco.
Roberts will feel vindicated by the fact that the Dodgers went on to win 3-2 in extra innings, but his decision will be hotly debated, robbing Stripling of his shot at history.
One player that did make history on the day was San Diego's Trevor Story, who became the first man to hit home runs in each of his first four games as he helped the Padres beat Colorado.
There was also a piece of history at Atlanta as St. Louis got three homers from pinch hitters and rallied from a big deficit to beat the Braves, while Houston's loss at Milwaukee was partially caused by the contentious new base-sliding rule.
The main drama came at San Francisco, where 26-year-old rookie Stripling — who had never pitched above Double-A level in the minor leagues and has recovered from Tommy John surgery — was on course to become the first pitcher since Bumpus Jones in 1892 to throw a no-hitter on debut.
With his 100th pitch he issued his fourth walk of the game, and Roberts made the call to remove him. His replacement Chris Hatcher immediately gave up a two-run homer.
The Dodgers won the game when Brandon Crawford homered off Joe Blanton (0-1) leading off the bottom of the 10th.
San Diego's Story not only set the record of homers in his first four games, but also added two more homers as the Padres beat Colorado 13-6.
The Padres were overdue for some runs after being shut out in the first three games, in which they were outscored 25-0 by the Dodgers.
St. Louis got pinch-hit homers from rookies Aledmys Diaz and Jeremy Hazelbaker plus Greg Garcia and won 7-4 at Atlanta.
Hazelbaker homered in the seventh to tie the game 4-4, Diaz's shot put the Cardinals ahead in the eighth, and Garcia and Stephen Piscotty homered in the ninth.
St. Louis, swept in its opening three-game series at Pittsburgh, avoided its first 0-4 start since 1997.
Houston's Colby Rasmus was called for interference on his base slide, resulting in a game-ending double play and blunting the Astros' ninth-inning rally in a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee.
Down 6-0, the Astros scored four times in the ninth and put runners on first and second with one out.
Jose Altuve hit a bouncer to Brewers' second baseman Scooter Gennett, who tossed the ball to shortstop Jonathan Villar for the forceout. Base-runner Rasmus slid past the bag at second, and Villar didn't make the relay throw to first.
The umpire called Rasmus for not trying to stay on the bag, part of the requirement under baseball's new rule governing slides on potential double plays.
Houston lost its third in a row.
Pittsburgh's Starling Marte hit his first career grand slam, connecting off new Cincinnati closer J.J. Hoover, to lift the unbeaten Pirates to a 6-5 victory.
The Pirates improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 while the Reds lost for the first time.
Down 5-2, Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the eighth inning off Ross Ohlendorf, who hit a batter, walked another and gave up a hit with two outs. Hoover (0-1) came on for his first save opportunity of the season and Marte hit his second pitch over left field for the Pirates' first homer of the season.
New York's Jacob deGrom maintained his focus on the mound with a baby on the way, steering the Mets to a 7-2 win against Philadelphia in their first home game of the season.
It was uncertain if deGrom would start because his wife is due with their first child. He said he would head home whenever she went into labor.
After the 2015 National League championship pennant was raised at Citi Field, deGrom (1-0) pitched six sharp innings in his season debut and even knocked in the first run.
New York got big hits from Neil Walker and Michael Conforto.
Kansas City's Salvador Perez had an RBI triple in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Omar Infante's sacrifice fly to help the Royals come back and beat Minnesota 4-3.
Alex Gordon singled and scored on Perez's triple, his first since 2014.
Byung Ho Park homered in the top of the eighth to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. It was the first extra-base hit for Park, who led the Korean Baseball Organization with 53 homers last season before signing a three-year, $24 million contract with the Twins.
Baltimore hit four solo home runs off Chris Archer and defeated Tampa Bay 6-1 for its first 4-0 start since 2011.
Boston's Brock Holt hit his first career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs while David Ortiz had two RBIs as the Red Sox rallied to win 8-7 and spoil Toronto's home opener.
Detroit won its home opener for the eighth straight year, with Jordan Zimmermann pitching seven scoreless innings to guide the Tigers to a 4-0 win against the New York Yankees.
Cleveland's Danny Salazar restricted the Chicago White Sox to two hits over the first 5-1/3 innings, steering the Indians to a 7-1 win on a day so cold that snow fell.
Arizona's Yasmany Tomas singled home Chris Owings with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over Chicago, handing the Cubs their first loss of the season.
It was a similar climax at Seattle, as Chris Coghlan hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth to give the Athletics a 3-2 win in the Mariners' home opener.
Texas' A.J. Griffin got the win in his first major league appearance for more than two seasons, helping the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.