Stripling allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out five across five innings Thursday against Philadelphia. He did not factor into the decision. Stripling allowed a run in each of the first three innings prior to settling in to retire the final six batters he faced. He's slowly built up his pitch count since beginning work as a starter and was allowed to surpass 85 pitches for the first time this season on Thursday. After being roughed up during his first few appearances in the rotation, Stripling has seen improved results of late, allowing only three earned runs with 12 strikeouts and no walks across his last ten frames. He'll look to build on the recent stretch in his next start, likely to come Wednesday against the Angels.
Stripling (4-3) earned the win Saturday in Boston after giving up one run on four hits over five innings. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk. Stripling surrendered four runs in both of his last two starts, but he was able to stifle the Red Sox on Saturday. The 29-year-old has a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 69:19 K:BB through 66.2 innings and lines up to start Thursday in Philadelphia.
Stripling (3-3) allowed four runs on six hits with no walks across 4.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Padres. He struck out three. All the major damage to Stripling's ledger came via the home run, including solo shots in the first and second innings before a three-run job off reliever Pedro Baez allowed two of his baserunners to score in the fifth. He threw the ball well at times, as 69 percent of his pitches went for strikes and he refrained from walking a batter for the first time as a starter this year. Still, Stripling has allowed eight runs across nine innings in his last two outings and could head back to the bullpen after the All-Star break.
Stripling did not factor into the decision against Arizona on Tuesday, tossing 4.2 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. The outing was a mixed bag for Stripling, as he struck out seven batters and collected two hits of his own (including a run-scoring single) but also tied a season high by giving up four runs. He was pulled after 81 pitches as he continues to build stamina after spending most of May and June in a bullpen role. The 29-year-old owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 59:19 K:BB through 57.1 innings this season and should continue to be a part of the starting rotation with Rich Hill (forearm) out indefinitely. He'll next take the mound Sunday in a home matchup against the Padres.
Stripling is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports. Stripling made his first start in two months last Tuesday and yielded two runs (one earned) across three innings. The 29-year-old figures to have a higher pitch count this time around but seems unlikely to be cleared so quickly for a full starter's workload. Stripling has a 3.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 52:17 K:BB over 52.2 innings this season and is expected to remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future with Rich Hill (forearm) facing an extended absence.