Ross Stripling, Dodgers offense struggle in 6th straight loss

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stripling faced a heap of trouble in the fifth inning, as San Diego regained the lead for good. The right-hander gave up a pair of two-out walks to Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, his only two of the game. Louis Coleman was warming up in the bullpen, but Stripling stayed in.On the eighth pitch of the next at-bat, the Padres’ cleanup hitter Melvin Upton Jr., who had just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, knocked a double into the right-center field gap to bring in Myers and Kemp. That was it.Stripling had not given up more than three runs in his four previous starts. His ERA rose to 4.33 and is sitting at 5.63 since his celebrated debut on April 8 at San Francisco.But there was as much fixation on the offense, which continued to struggle at the plate. The Dodgers have scored just 11 runs in the past six games and not more than three in any of them.And they continued to strand runners. In early April, Ross Stripling stood five outs from becoming only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his major-league debut.At the end of the month, the Dodgers’ rookie couldn’t get out of the fifth inning.In the Dodgers’ 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, Stripling surrendered five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was the sixth consecutive defeat for the Dodgers, who saw their record drop to 12-13, and marked the first time they have been under .500 at the end of April since 2010, a year where they went on to go 80-82 and finish in fourth place in the National League West.center_img In the bottom of the second, Yasmani Grandal and Kiké Hernandez advanced to third base and second base with one out, but Joc Pederson grounded into a double play. For the homestand, with one game left, the Dodgers are 2 for 36 with runners in scoring position.The lone jolt came from Chase Utley. The 37-year-old infielder hit his first home run in 82 at-bats this season in the third when he stroked a two-run shot 413 feet into the right-field bleachers. Utley’s last homer came on Sept. 23, 2015.The Dodgers had just one hit after that — a triple in the fourth by Carl Crawford, who failed to make it home when Stripling struck out to end the inning. Only two batters reached base over the final five innings, both of them via walks.The bullpen, a source of continued frustration for the club, did keep the game within reach.After Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen gave up a combined four runs in two innings the night before, the Dodgers’ bullpen tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday and gave up just two hits.Hatcher came in for the final out of the seventh inning, walking Upton Jr. before getting Alexei Ramirez to ground out.last_img

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