Stripling happy he got Dodgers home in time for 'Game of Thrones' premiere


Not even a White Walker could stop Ross Stripling on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander pitched like he was trying to beat the traffic in a sparkling 7-1 victory against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Good thing, too, because he has places to be.

"Biggest thing is I'm just proud I could get us home in time for 'Game of Thrones,'" Stripling said, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "I think it comes on the app around 6 o'clock maybe. So make sure everyone gets home, gets settled in, and gets ready."

The eighth season of the hit HBO show is also the final one in an epic run, and the wait has been a long one. Season seven came to a close in late August of 2017, so fans like Stripling have been eagerly awaiting the fates of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, all of the Lannisters, and the answer to the question of whether or not The Hound will finally throw down against his undead brother The Mountain.

Stripling made it through eight strong innings Sunday, allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three. His efficient outing helped keep the game time down to a crisp two hours and 34 minutes.

In addition, Stripling and the Dodgers can enjoy "Game of Thrones" happily knowing their bad fortune has perished like so many beloved characters have in Westeros over the last seven seasons. L.A. had lost six straight games entering Sunday.

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