Guilder Rodriguez

Thirteen-year minor league veteran gets his first big league hit

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source: AP

We see a story much like this every September, but they never stop making us smile.

Guilder Rodriguez got the start for the Rangers in their game against the Astros last night. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI. No biggie, right? Well, it was for him, as those two hits were his first-ever big league hits. And given that Rodriguez spent 13 years and 1095 games in the minor leagues before getting them. He was called up when rosters expanded. He had played in five games before last night, all but one of which were pinch hitting appearances.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas has his story. It’s pretty heartwarming. No matter what happens to him for the rest of his life, he can say he was a major leaguer.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 4, Royals 3; Royals 2, Indians 0: The resumption of the suspended game was probably a foregone conclusion, though the Royals did make it interesting by adding a run in the 10th. The full game was far more interesting from their perspective, however, as Danny Duffy tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest. This, combined with the Tigers’ loss pulls Kansas City to within one of Detroit in the division. This combined with the Mariners’ loss gives them a two-game lead in the wild card. Not a bad night all things considered.

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt — who I will freely admit I had never heard of before the moment I read this box score — tossed seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the second best offense in the American League. Tyler Flowers with a two-run homer for all of the game’s offense. Bassitt is from the Toledo area, I gather, so dominating the Tigers in Detroit was probably pretty special to him.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4: Seattle does not, to put it bluntly, keep pace. Jose Bautista was 3 for 3 with a homer and walked to reach base a fourth time. The walk came with the bases loaded. James Paxton was absolutely rocked. And not in a good, Def Leppard kind of way. It was in a bad, nine runs in two and two-thirds kind of way.

Athletics 8, Angels 4: Oakland does, in contrast, keep pace and remains at the top of the wild card standings. The A’s plated six in the first inning and Jeff Samardzija was excellent, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. The pen was not as excellent — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off of Evan Scribner — but Oakland had enough of a margin by then.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Giants still have some fight in them for the division, pulling to within three and a half of L.A. after this 13-inning win. Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th and then Gregor Blanco put it away, more or less, with a two-run double. Blanco also homered to lead off the game. Even if the Giants don’t catch L.A., the win helps them keep pace with the Pirates, whom they must beat out by a game in order to host the wild card matchup.

 

Yankees 5, Orioles 0: Derek Jeter is going out with a bang. He drove in three, hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. His three runs driven in push him past Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente and ties him with Paul Molitor on the all-time RBI list. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing only one hit in seven and a third, striking out eight and allowing just one walk.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: I guess having a new interim general manager for, like, nine hours was not enough to goose the Braves’ offense. Andrew McCutchen homered and Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen didn’t give the Braves’ squat. It’s gotta feel really good to be a Braves pitcher these days and know that if you don’t pitch a complete game shutout, you got no chance.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 20th, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings. Jon Jay dove in three, Matt Adams two. The Cards look ready for the playoffs to start.

Padres 1, Rockies 0: San Diego wins their fifth in a row and seventh of eight. Eric Stults shut Colorado out for six and a third. Rene Rivera’s RBI double in the first constituted the game’s only offense. With an early run, no more offense and the thing ending before 10pm, this was basically the quintessential Petco Park game. I’ve been to hat park, I dunno, seven or eight times, and almost every game has been like that.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: The Rangers have won nine of ten. Hey, we all start slow, right? Guilder Rodriguez — who played in the minor leagues for 13 years before being called up when rosters expanded — had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single. After the game he said “This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born. It’s unbelievable. I feel great.” Sorry. I need a moment. Got some dust in my eye.

Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2: Theory: an interleague game between non-rivals in late September, both of whom really suck may be The Least Essential Game in Major League History. It counted, though. Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the seventh and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer.