Game 36: Ross Stripling’s first major league win comes at the expense of a familiar foe.

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The St. Louis Cardinals committed four errors and also ran into an out when Kolten Wong was tagged out in this rundown between third base and home plate. (Getty Images)

Ross Stripling‘s first major league win (and his first hit) came against his college roommate, Michael Wacha, and the Dodgers pulled two games above .500 for the first time since April 27 with an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The box score is here.

This is what Wacha said about Stripling after the game:

Dave Roberts filled out his 30th different lineup (excluding the pitcher’s spot) in 36 games, but he says the players aren’t complaining.

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What to watch for in Ross Stripling’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Ross Stripling is a candidate to join the Dodgers’ bullpen at some point this season to preserve his innings. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

There is an innings limit hovering over Ross Stripling in 2016, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. There are also innings limits for prospects Julio Urias (probably around 100) and Jose De Leon (probably around 130) at Triple-A, with Stripling’s limit probably falling somewhere in between. Those are all educated guesses.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has acknowledged that making Stripling a reliever later this season is possible, to preserve his innings while still allowing him to help the major league team.

“We talked about it,” Roberts said Friday, “but where we’re at right now, we haven’t thought more about that. Haven’t ruled it out but really haven’t revisited it.”
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