Ross Stripling of the Dodgers was pulled with a no-hitter in progress after 7 1-3 innings during his major league debut, and Los Angeles lo...
Dodgers' Stripling pulled with no-hitter in 8th, Giants win
Brandon Crawford homered off Joe Blanton (0-1) leading off the bottom of the 10th.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager throws to first after forcing out San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence at second base on a ground ball by Brandon Belt during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, April 8, 2016, in San Francisco. Belt was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
In a decision sure to be debated around baseball, first-year manager Dave Roberts removed Stripling after the right-hander walked Angel Pagan on his 100th pitch.
The 26-year-old rookie had never pitched above Double-A and missed the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was trying to become the first pitcher since Bumpus Jones in 1892 to throw a no-hitter in his big league debut.
Stripling struck out four and walked four. Chris Hatcher relieved and Trevor Brown greeted him with a tying, two-run homer.
Moments later, Roberts was ejected following a quick confrontation between Hatcher and plate umpire Jeff Kellogg after a close pitch.
The homers by Crawford and Brown were the Giants' only hits.
Talk about a tough no-decision for Stripling to take. Roberts said before the game he met the pitcher's parents earlier in the day at the team hotel.
Stripling, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick, capitalized on a trio of defensive gems.
Yasiel Puig made a diving catch in right to rob Matt Duffy in the second and Stripling then ran down Crawford's bunt toward third and fired a one-hopper to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a slick play.
Center fielder Joc Pederson sprinted hard to his left to make a diving, backhanded catch on Denard Span's fly to start the fourth.
Stripling went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA for Double-A Tulsa and Class A Great Lakes last year. He threw a no-hitter for Texas A&M against San Diego State in May 2012.
A day after the Giants rallied for a 12-6 win on 17 hits, Stripling silenced San Francisco's bats with relative ease.
Santiago Casilla (1-0) retired one batter in the 10th for the win.
On Saturday, it will be Clayton Kershaw-Madison Bumgarner in their first edition of 2016. The ace lefties are each 1-0 and matched up four times in 2015. This will be the eighth overall meeting between them.
''He's the best pitcher in baseball,'' Bumgarner said. ''Pretty good guy, except his looks, they're bad. You can write that down.''