Pawtucket Red Sox Get Solid Outing Out Of Eduardo Rodriguez
On Sunday, Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez appeared in his 3rd rehab appearance, second for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
E-Rod went 6.1 innings allowing 1 earned run on 6 base hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts.
Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee subluxation on June 2nd.
In his first rehab start, he went 3 innings for the Sea Dogs giving up 5 earned runs on 9 base hits. His second which came in Rochester for Pawtucket, he threw 4 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 4 base hits while walking 5. His pitch counts in those two games were 69 and 88 respectively.
This time around the goal for E-Rod was to throw between 85-95 pitches for Pawtucket against the Buffalo Bison and to show more control over his pitches.
E-Rod’s outing started off with a strikeout of Roemon Fields. His second batter though showed his control issues by hitting Michael Saunders with a high and in fastball. One thing is worth noting here though. Rodriguez’s fastball was showing some nice spin on it.
Rodriguez threw 9 pitches in the first inning, all of them fastballs.
He threw his first slider of the day on his 11th pitch of the outing to Rowdy Tellez for a ball. E-Rod ended up getting Tellez to strike out on a fastball after going full count. Rodriguez then struck out the 2nd batter of the inning in Gregorio Petit on three pitches. Can tell his fastball is working, spinning nice and going by hitters.
E-Rod gave up his first hit of the game on a 3-1 fastball that Mike Ohlman took down the left-field line for a double. E-Rod got out of the inning with a routine fly ball to Rusney Castillo in center field.
All in all, a 22 pitch inning, 31 pitches after 2 innings of work.
Like the first two innings, E-Rod got the lead-off batter to strikeout. The strikeout pitch was a slider outside on the fourth pitch. On the second batter of the inning, E-Rod got David Jacobs in his AAA debut to groundout to Brock Holt over at third.
Rodriguez continued to mix his slider in, didn’t have the greatest success with it but it was moving pretty well away from left-handed hitters.
E-Rod got another fly out to Castillo in center to end the third inning. 1
6 pitch inning in the 3rd, 47 pitches for Rodriguez through 3 innings of work. 33 of his first 47 pitches have been fastballs.
Rodriguez started the inning off by giving up a stinging single through the right side of the infield on a 2-0 pitch. The two hits allowed by Castillo at this point have come when has been behind the batter.
E-Rod battled back on the next batter and struck out his 5th batter of the game for the first out of the 4th inning. All 5 strikeouts to this point coming on the fastball.
The 2nd and 3rd out came quickly via two high popups, one to right field and one to left field.
An 11 pitch inning for Rodriguez with his pitch count up to 58 pitches after 4 innings of work. 2 of the pitches thrown in the fourth were curveballs, the first curveballs of E-Rods outing.
E-Rod got the first out of the inning with a pop-up to second on 2 pitches. He continued to work efficiently. Fastball continues to sit around 92 mph, did touch 94 mph but that pitch missed wide for a ball. The second batter of the 5th took a 93 mph fastball and slapped it on the ground to deep short with the throw being too late to get the runner. Was ruled a hit, third allowed by E-Rod.
All 3 hits allowed up to this point all coming in hitters counts, this one a 3-1 count when the hit occurred. Once again though E-Rod battled back after a base hit, this time getting Jon Berti to strike out on a slider.
Behind on the count to the fourth batter of the inning, E-Rod got the final out of the inning on a well-hit ball out to Castillo who caught it on the run in deep centerfield.
74 pitches, 47 for strikes for Rodriguez through 5 innings of work, 16 pitch 5th inning.
Rodriguez gave up his fourth hit of the ballgame to start the sixth with Roemon Fields grounding a ball up the middle for a single on the first pitch of the at-bat. Roemon then stole second base on E-Rod on the first pitch with Saunders at the plate.
E-Rod got Saunders to fly out to right field with the runner holding at second. Fastball velocity now down to 91 mph, less movement. The third batter of the inning turned out to be E-Rods 7th k of the game, this one a 5 pitch at-bat.
To end his outing, Rodriguez got Rowdy Tellez to fly out to shallow left center field.
E-Rods pitch total for the outing was 87 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. He had a 13 pitch 6th inning.
Rodriguez surprisingly at 87 pitches came back out to work the 7th inning. The first batter of the inning took him down the right-field line for a double.
He then got the second batter of the inning to fly out to left field as he continues to show the ability to settle down. Unfortunately for Eduardo, he gave up another single to the third batter up the right side of the infield. The hit drove in the runner from second accruing an earned run to E-Rod’s start.
Eduardo went 6.1 innings only giving up 1 earned run on 6 base hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts on 95 pitches. Every inning he pitched he was effective, his longest inning was a 22 pitch second inning.
One of his goals coming into the rehab start was to show more control, a goal he accomplished not allowing any walks. 3 of his 5 hits allowed though came in the hitter’s count. E-Rod’s fastball was spinning nicely for much of the outing and sat around 92 mph with it topping out at 94 mph briefly.
He primarily relied on his fastball but was able to effectively mix in his slider and curveball. It is important to note that every time he gave up a base hit he was able to get the next batter out. Starting the 7th interesting was an interesting move, should have ended it after 6, but he looks ready to be sent back up to the Majors.