Eduardo Rodriguez lasted just 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Orioles. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Despite Eduardo Rodriguez's rough outing, Clay Buchholz believes in rookie

Ryan Hannable
June 25, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Being 22 years old and making just your sixth big league start, especially when you struggle, things can be tough. Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez struggled for the second time in a matter of weeks, completely unraveling in the fourth inning in Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Orioles as he allowed six runs on seven hits in the frame, exiting the game after just 3 2/3 innings. This comes after allowing nine earned runs over the fourth and fifth innings in the first loss of his career, June 14 against the Blue Jays. Following his three gems to open his career, he's now lost two of his last three starts and has allowed 16 earned runs in those starts. Fortunately for Rodriguez, confidence and support has not been lost from his teammates. Dustin Pedroia had a few encouraging words with him in the clubhouse following the game, as well as Clay Buchholz, who said they would sit down more and go over video of the lefty's start. "More so just to clear his mind," Buchholz said of the conversation he had with Rodriguez at his locker. "His stuff plays. That was one of the things that was hard for me coming up. Whenever I ran into some tough times you start doubting yourself and that's the last thing you want to do at this point. More just stay confident. His stuff is good. He's going to be fine. If there's anything within the delivery that is out of sorts or whatever, we'll work on fixing it and go from there." "This game, it's a faster pace than the minor leagues," Buchholz added. "Competition from minor leagues to the big leagues -- there's a lot of good players in Triple-A, but here there's constant study on your delivery, if there's any sort of thing they can hint on to cancel out pitches. There's a couple of things we're going to sit down and look at over the next couple of days just to look and clear his mind because it's not easy going out there, especially the first three innings throwing as well as he did and then something happen like that." Thursday was frustrating for Rodriguez as he retired the first 10 hitters of the game in order, but the second time through the Orioles order, they roughed him up. After he retired Manny Machado to lead the fourth inning off, the next seven batters recorded hits with six of them scoring -- the biggest being a Matt Wieters two-run home run well over the Orioles bullpen in right. It seemed once Rodriguez had to throw out of the stretch, it was all downhill from there. "He's cruising along," manager John Farrell said. "He retires the first 10 of the game -- was dominant. A number of swing and miss and then he gets to the stretch, they make a little bit of an adjustment and not commanding the baseball as he was. When he got to the stretch fell behind in some counts, Wieters puts a good swing on a ball for a two-run homer to give them the second and third run. Then the seven consecutive hits and couldn't get an out when needed. More than anything just looked like when he switched to the stretch." Whether it was Pedroia or Buchholz offering words encouragement or not, Rodriguez isn't going to let Thursday's outing get him down. "No. That happens in the game," he said. "Sometimes you get damage. Sometimes you do good with the hitters. Like I said, I tried to do too much in the stretch."