Dodgers rookie pitcher Ross Stripling carries a no-hitter into the eighth inning but is pulled after 100 pitches. The Giants tie the game off of L.A.’s bullpen.
SAN FRANCISCO — It went from no-no to oh, no! And it happened quickly.
Right after Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers was pulled following 7.1 hitless innings in his major league debut, Trevor Brown hit a game-tying, two-run homer off Chris Hatcher for the San Francisco Giants on a rainy Friday night.
The Giants won the game, 3-2, in the bottom of the 10th when Brandon Crawford hit a 1-0 pitch from Joe Blanton over the left field wall at AT&T Park.
Manager Dave Roberts removed Stripling after 100 pitches and replaced him with Hatcher. The homer tied the game at 2 and Stripling was charged with one run. He finished with four walks and four strikeouts.
The 26-year-old Stripling had Tommy John surgery in April 2014, perhaps the reason why he was pulled in the middle of a no-hitter. The 2012 fifth-round draft pick who skipped Triple-A altogether 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 Brandon 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 gave up two walks that inning but was unscathed.
In the seventh, the Dodgers made a rare 5-6-3 double play on which third baseman Justin Turner shifted between first and second base.
Stripling went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA pitching for Double-A Tulsa and Class A Great Lakes last year.
The only pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his MLB debut is Bumpus Jones on Oct. 15, 1892, for Cincinnati against Pittsburgh, according to STATS.