Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez leaves another memorable impression, this time on former team

Rob Bradford
June 09, 2015 - 8:57 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Those in the Red Sox clubhouse have said just about all there is to say about Eduardo Rodriguez. And while the rookie pitcher's performance in the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday night was undeniably the bright spot for John Farrell's team, there wasn't a whole lot of high-fiving going on in the Camden Yards visiting clubhouse after the game. Perhaps the most telling reaction would come from Rodriguez's old team, the hitters he held to no runs on three hits while striking out seven of them. "I really didn't see too much of him, but he's got good [expletive]," said outfielder Adam Jones when asked about his recollection of the lefty during the 22-year-old's time with the Orioles prior to being deal to the Red Sox for Andrew Miller at last year's non-waiver trade deadline. "He was in a big trade, so he had to be pretty good." "He's got special stuff, there's no doubt about it," said Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who fanned twice against Rodriguez. "We loved him when he was over here. He's got a great arm, and for a young kid he has a great idea what he's doing out there on the mound." The results for Rodriguez thus far have been eye-popping. In his first three starts, he has allowed just one earned run in 20 1/3 innings, striking out seven in each of the outings. And while this was the first time his team came out on the losing end following one of his starts, Tuesday night's showdown did offer what was perhaps Rodriguez' signature moment to date. With the game scoreless and the Orioles threatening with runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth inning, Rodriguez faced off with Baltimore's best hitter, Adam Jones. The rookie started the veteran with an 87 mph changeup, which the righty-hitting Jones fouled off. Rodriguez then came back with a 95 mph heater, resulting in another foul. Then the hurler finished things off with another four-seamer, this one sailing past the swing of Jones. "He struck me out. I had two pitches to hit and missed them," Jones said. "If you miss a pitch, the results should be a strikeout." Also of note were the reactions of the two participants. Upon completion of the strikeout, Rodriguez shouted while pounding his glove multiple times. The display of emotion seemed to elicit a stare from Jones, with the Sox hurler simply continuing to toward his dugout. "Probably are," said Jones when asked if people would be making too much of the moment to suggest any sort of animosity. "He struck me out. What, am I going to put my head down and run, cry? He struck me out. Good pitch. "He came at me with his best. He's got velocity. He beat me on that one, but we won the game." Later, Jones continued to pump the brakes on the former O's minor leaguer. "He's got good stuff," the outfielder said. "He's got, what, three, four starts up here now? I want to see him after 15, 20 and see how that continues to go. But he's got good stuff." Wieters, on the other hand, seemed sold. "His offspeed stuff might have been a little more polished than when he was over here," the catcher said. "But he's one of those young kids I really liked catching. He was not intimidated at all when he was 20 or 21 when he was over here with us. And he wasn't intimidated when he went into big league games, or throwing in intrasquads. That's the kind of mentality you want when your guy goes out there."