Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the squad. Last night’s performance a fluke
When Eduardo Rodriguez started last night’s game, he had been going in with a string of seven straight quality starts. He missed another one by just 1/3rd of an inning. The home run ball was the real killer last night as E-Rod gave up four long balls. In his prior 10 starts, he’d given up a total of five home runs. Rodriguez also threw 61 of 94 pitches for strikes and didn’t walk any batters so control wasn’t the issue.
It looks like he didn’t mix up his locations as well as he could have. The seven runs surrendered last night matched the total of his last four performances. It simply was a dud performance. All the runs scored by way of the home run ball. The home runs were hit by the better players on the squad. Mark Trumbo who led all of baseball last season, started it off in the first inning with a two run shot.
Chris Davis and Adam Jones each had solo shots as well. John Farrell pulled Rodriguez after giving up his 4th home run in the game serving a three run shot to Johnathan Schoop. Sox relievers Blaine Boyer and Fernando Abad came in to close out the game for 2 1/3rd innings of two hit baseball including one strike out. It’ll be a game to forget certainly for E-Rod who wishes he could have this one back.
The Sox didn’t had only one run of offense courtesy of a Christian Vazquez RBI single until the 9th inning. Vazquez had an RBI single in the 2nd inning. The Sox didn’t have anything else until another Vaz RBI single in the 9th inning followed up with a Jackie Bradley Jr. three run homer in the 9th inning.
The Red Sox will look to get back on the right track with Rick Porcello on the mound in the second game of a four game series with the O’s. Porcello will be seeking to become the 4th starter to get his 4th win this season.
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