LOS ANGELES — Dodgers rookies Ross Stripling and Grant Dayton got to face David Ortiz on Saturday when the Red Sox DH made a rare start in the field in an NL park. It was a special experience for both pitchers.
Stripling and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and held Ortiz hitless in three at-bats as Los Angeles beat Boston 3-0.
Ortiz made his first start this season at first base. Stripling got him to ground out with two men on in the first inning then got him to fly out to end the third.
"That will be something I look back on and really remember," Stripling said. "To think the legacy that he has and the year he's having, to get him out in a big jam in the first and to get him out again, that's pretty cool."
Making his first start for the Dodgers since May 19, Stripling gave up hits to the first two batters and loaded the bases in the first inning. He retired Sandy Leon on a soft grounder back to the mound to end the inning.
Dayton pitched two scoreless innings and struck out Ortiz in the sixth.
"I was trying not to think about it," Dayton said. "Obviously, he's a legend, but I still had to do my job."