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Dodgers add fresh arm with recall of Ross Stripling from Triple-A

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added a fresh arm to their bullpen before Saturday's game against the Cardinals, recalling pitcher Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Grant Dayton, who made his major league debut on Friday, pitched two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts in extra innings in the first game of the series. He threw 32 pitches.

The Dodgers used seven relief pitchers and starter Bud Norris in relief in Friday's 16-inning contest, one day after using seven relievers in Thursday's nine-inning win in Washington D.C.

Six of the eight Dodgers relievers have each pitched in the last two days.

Stripling has a 4.53 ERA in nine games for the Dodgers this season, including eight starts, with 34 strikeouts and 18 walks in 45⅔ innings. In his one relief appearance in the majors, Stripling pitched three scoreless innings in a 17-inning win in San Diego on May 22.

After spending a month in Arizona basically just conditioning, as a way to limit innings after returning from Tommy John surgery, Stripling had a 4.61 ERA in four appearances with Oklahoma City, with 14 strikeouts and two walks in 13⅔ innings.

Stripling was scheduled to start on Friday night for Oklahoma City, but was scratched in favor of Seth Frankoff. Now we know why.