Dodgers’ Ross Stripling gets best of college teammate, Cardinals

first_imgThe Cardinals didn’t do much to keep Stripling out of Wacha’s wallet Friday. They made four errors behind him (three by rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz) and five of the Dodgers’ eight runs were unearned.Diaz’s first blunder kicked off a three-run second inning for the Dodgers that featured a two-run single by Trayce Thompson, an RBI single by Howie Kendrick – and, most profitably, a clean single to right field by Stripling.“(The first pitch) was a fastball right down the middle and then he threw me a belt-high fastball away,” Stripling said. “I was late as heck but kind of flipped it over there by the first baseman.”The Dodgers scored at least once in each of the next four innings as well, getting a three-hit game from Yasiel Puig (including a solo home run) and an RBI double from Joc Pederson (who also walked twice) along with the Cardinals’ contributions.“He’s been working hard,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Puig who had his first multi-hit game since May 4, his first three-hit game since the third game of the season and his first RBI since May 3. “The last few days he’s had good at-bats, hit the ball hard but didn’t have anything to show for it. Tonight, he got rewarded.”Unlike Wacha, Stripling got the help he needed – from the Dodgers’ bullpen.The milestone game will no doubt gain luster over the years for Stripling. But it was far from his best. He pitched into the sixth inning but didn’t retire a batter there, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks.“Ross was okay … but I think he just started losing his crispness when he got around the 75-pitch mark, 70 (pitches),” Roberts said.The bullpen took it from there, holding the Cardinals scoreless over the final four innings.Since Joe Blanton gave up a three-run home run to Kevin Pillar in Toronto a week ago, Dodgers relievers have pitched 19 innings while allowing just one unearned run on 11 hits, stranding all 10 inherited runners and striking out 24.“I had confidence in those guys. They can’t be perfect all the time,” Roberts said of his bullpen. “I like the arms. I’ve always liked the arms.“They’re throwing the ball much better. And it’s kind of one of those things that they’re feeding off one another. Even in big spots that I’ve put them in, they’re getting each other and getting starters out of tough spots. They’re confidence hasn’t wavered.” Ross Stripling is going to be insufferable at his college reunion.Matched up against his former Texas A&M teammate, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha, Stripling not only outpitched his friend to get his first major-league win but he also collected his first major-league hit off Wacha as the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-4, Friday night.“It wasn’t necessarily my sharpest game by any means,” Stripling said. “I don’t think me and Wacha will look back and think this was the best game either of us pitched – but it was a lot of fun. To get my first hit off of him is kind of funny. Then to get my first win too is pretty cool.”The one-time roommates exchanged friendly trash talk leading up to Friday’s game and Stripling said there was a lot at stake – the loser had to pay the tab when the two Aggie alums and their girlfriends went out after the game. Stripling said he texted Wacha immediately after the game to remind him, though a venue hadn’t been settled on.“We’re going to figure it out. But I’m definitely getting the lobster,” Stripling joked. “Maybe a nice bottle of wine. Maybe a steak to go.”Stripling had gotten hungry for that first win. He was winless in his first seven big-league starts – but he was in good company. It was the longest drought by a Dodger starter to start his MLB career since Clayton Kershaw needed 10 starts before getting his first win as a rookie in 2008.“It’s kind of tough congratulating him on his first win,” Wacha said. “But it’s probably one of many more for that guy. He’s a great guy, great competitor and a great pitcher.“Good for him. I wish it wouldn’t have come tonight.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players

first_img27 Jun 2014 ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players Two leading players on the LET Access Series will tee off at the high-profile ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire from 3-6 July – thanks to England Golf.Leicestershire’s Kym Larratt, who is returning to form after a shoulder injury, and Devon’s Emma Tayler, who is playing her first season as a professional, have both had invitations passed to them by England Golf as part of a strategy to support former amateurs.They are the leading English players on the Access Series order of merit, with Emma currently in 10th place and Kym in 14th.The ISPA Ladies European Masters is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the Ladies European Tour schedule and Kym (pictured top, image LET) remarked: “It’s absolutely fantastic of England Golf to help support us pros, it really means a lot.“The Buckinghamshire is such a great course and this is such a big event that any girl, especially the Brits, would love to play in it. To get the opportunity when you are not on the main tour is wonderful.”The 26-year-old from Leicestershire is also playing in the LET Ladies Italian Open, which starts today, and is hoping the two events will help to springboard her return to the main tour.Kym turned pro in 2010 and, after a good start on the LET, suffered a shoulder injury and lost her card after three seasons. She has played instead on the Access Series and, after a good winter off when she worked hard on her game, says: “I’ve got my confidence back, I’m playing better golf and I’m enjoying it again.”Emma Tayler, 27, is playing her first professional season and loving the life: “It’s the best thing I have ever done – and it’s done wonders for my golf! I have time to practice and I’m becoming more of a complete golfer.”So far she’s made every cut on the LET Access Series and she’s had top 10 finishes in her last two events. The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters will be the biggest tournament she’s ever played in and she’s excited about the challenge.“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to play with some of the best players from Europe and around the world. I’ll be able to put myself against them and see how I fare. I’m really looking forward to it.”For more information about the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters click here. As well as featuring many of the world’s top women professionals, the event includes  fun entertainment for all the family in a festival-like atmosphere. Visitor activities include free golf lessons – and a visit by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke for a Q&A session on Thursday, 3 July.last_img read more