EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ

"THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE"
Eduardo Rodriguez debut is a dazzler

May 28, 2015 ... Eduardo Rodriguez threw 7 shutout innings, allowing only three hits as the Sox beat the Rangers, 5-1. The crowd of 34,081 applauded as he left the mound in the eighth inning.  Rodriguez walked two and struck out seven. Texas did not advance a runner beyond second base against him. It was the best performance by a Red Sox starter this season.

It was the longest scoreless outing for a Red Sox pitcher making his major league debut since Billy Rohr threw a shutout against the Yankees on April 14, 1967. Rodriguez also had the most shutout innings by a Red Sox starter this season. He was the youngest Red Sox starter since 21-year-old Michael Bowden in 2008.

Rodriguez was facing a Texas team that had won seven of eight games. The Rangers lineup included Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and Josh Hamilton. The last-place Red Sox, who had been swept in three games at Minnesota, were desperate for a reprieve from a season gone awry. If those pressures were felt, Rodriguez didnít show it before the game. The rookie from Venezuela sat on a clubhouse couch watching television and munching on popcorn.

Rodriguez retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, the exception being a double by Hamilton in the second inning. Rodriguez walked Elvis Andrus with two outs in the fifth inning then came back to strike out Adam Rosales.

Working with catcher Blake Swihart, who caught him in the minors, Rodriguez relied heavily on his fastball early in the game then worked in more off-speed pitches, particularly changeups, the second time through the order. Rodriguez struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning, his fastball hitting 94 miles per hour. A walk and a single prompted Farrell to come to the mound and end his outing after 105 pitches. The Rangers scored a run in the ninth inning but nothing would spoil this night for the Sox.

As Rodriguez ably handled the Rangers, the Red Sox scored two runs in seven innings against Texas starter Nick Martinez. Swihart singled to right field to start the fifth then scored on one-out singles by Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts.

Ramirez, who doubled in the fourth inning, led off the sixth inning with a home run to left-center field. It was his 11th home run of the season, the first in 85 at-bats going back to April 29. Ramirez came into the game hitting .210 this month with one RBI. Since injuring his left shoulder trying to make a catch in left field on May 3, Ramirez had been unable to pull the ball with any authority. The home run came on a pitch on the inner third of the plate. The double also came on a pitch inside.

The lead grew to 5-0 against the Texas bullpen in the eighth inning. Mike Napoli drew a walk against Tanner Scheppers with two outs. Sam Freeman came in and hit Brock Holt with a pitch before walking newcomer Carlos Peguero. Swihart singled to right field, scoring two runs. Rusney Castillo then reached on an infield single as Peguero scored.

 

at Globe Life Park (Arlington, TX) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

0

 

5

13

0

TEXAS RANGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

5

1

W-Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0)
L-Nick Martinez (4-1)
Attendance Ė 34,087

2B-Ramirez (Bost), Beltre (Tex), Hamilton (Tex)
3
B-Betts (Bost)
HR-Ramirez (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 3 .298  

 

Mookie Betts cf 5 0 3 .250  

 

Pablo Sandoval 3b 5 0 1 .263  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 4 1 2 .257  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 3 1 1 .211  

 

Brock Holt lf/ss 2 1 0 .299  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 0 0 0 .268  

 

Carlos Peguero dh 2 1 0 .181  

 

Blake Swihart c 4 1 2 .219  

 

Rusney Castillo rf 4 0 1 .211  

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Eduardo Rodriguez 7.2 3 0 2 7  
  Tommy Layne 1 2 1 0 2  
  Koji Uehara .1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2015 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

25 23 -

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

24 24 1

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

22 24 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

22

26

3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

22 27 3 1/2