John Lackey tossed seven scoreless innings last night as the Cardinals topped the Dodgers 3-0 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Lackey gave up just five hits — all of them singles — while striking out nine batters and walking just one. Pitching at the major league minimum salary this season, the veteran right-hander been quite the bargain for St. Louis. He now has a 2.83 ERA and 47/17 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings over his first 10 starts this season. As for Boston’s haul in that trade last July, well, let’s not rub any salt in those wounds.
Despite all the doom and gloom after losing ace Adam Wainwright to a torn Achilles, the Cardinals own the best record in baseball at 32-16 as well as the largest division lead. As for the Dodgers, they have lost back-to-back games and are now a half-game back of the Giants in the National League West.
Your Friday box scores:
Dodgers 0, Cardinals 3
Royals 8, Cubs 4
Rays 1, Orioles 2
Rockies 4, Phillies 1
Red Sox 4, Rangers 7
Nationals 2, Reds 5
Blue Jays 6, Twins 4
Marlins 4, Mets 3
White Sox 6, Astros 3 (11 innings)
Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 5
Tigers 0, Angels 2
Yankees 2, Athletics 6
Pirates 2, Padres 6
Indians 1, Mariners 2
Braves 2, Giants 4
When the Red Sox called up prospect left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to make his major league debut tonight against the Rangers, the thought was that it would just be a spot-start in order to give the other members in the rotation an extra day of rest. Well, it’s safe to say that there could be a change of plans.
Rodriguez was nothing short of excellent tonight, holding the Rangers scoreless over 7 2/3 innings as part of a 5-1 victory. The 22-year-old gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. Sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball, he threw 68 out of 105 pitches for strikes and induced nine swinging strikes.
It looked like Rodriguez was done after seven innings, especially after the Red Sox scored three runs in a lengthy top of the eighth, but he came back out for the bottom of the eighth and struck out the first two batters he faced before walking Robinson Chirinos and giving up a single to Delino DeShields, Jr. That was the end of the night for Rodriguez, but fortunately for him, Tommy Layne was able to get the final out to keep the scoreless outing intact.
Acquired from the Orioles last July in the Andrew Miller deal, Rodriguez rattled off a 0.96 ERA over his final six starts with Double-A Portland last season and had a 2.98 ERA and 44/7 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings over his first eight starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season. You can’t fault Baltimore for going for it, but that has a chance to be a really good deal for Boston.
While no official decision has been made yet, Red Sox manager John Farrell told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald after the game that he “would hope” Rodriguez remains in the rotation. Joe Kelly, the owner of a 6.24 ERA, figures to get the boot if he sticks around.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Rockies prospect outfielder David Dahl required surgery on his spleen today following an outfield collision in a game with Double-A New Britain. The 21-year-old will miss the rest of the season.
Dahl collided with second baseman Juan Ciriaco when they converged on a fly ball in shallow center field. You can watch the play here.
Dahl’s father, Mike Dahl, was in attendance for the game and rode with his son in the ambulance. He told the Mobile Press-Register earlier in the day that doctors were “trying to save the spleen.” Surgery on the “massive laceration” was successful, but Passan notes that Dahl will likely have to wear some sort of protective gear for the rest of his career.
Dahl was selected 10th overall by the Rockies in 2012. After being limited to just 10 games in 2013 due to a suspension for disciplinary reasons and a torn hamstring, he enjoyed a breakout season last year and was ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the game by Baseball America this spring. Dahl was batting .269/.296/.379 line with three home runs, 16 RBI, and 14 stolen bases through his first 44 games in Double-A this season. Here’s hoping things get back to normal for him soon.
Josh Hamilton joined the Rangers on Monday, but tonight is his first game back in Texas since his return. Check out the rousing reception he got at Globe Life Park before hitting a double off Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez:
There was some bitterness after Hamilton left Texas for a five-year, $125 million contract with the division rival Angels in December of 2012, but seeing him back with the Rangers just feels right, doesn’t it? That was a really cool moment.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was cut loose by the Marlins earlier this month after proving to be a disappointment in his three-year, $21 million contract, but he quickly latched on with the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal and Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be called up from Triple-A Reno tomorrow.
The news comes just one day after starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch jammed his left knee. It’s probably safe to say that he’s headed to the disabled list.
Saltalamacchia had just two hits over his first 29 at-bats this season prior to being released and owns a lowly .661 OPS in 123 games dating back to the start of last season. Some fans clamored for prospect Peter O’Brien to get the call-up instead, but he had issues throwing this spring and there are questions about his ability to stick behind the plate.