Update #2 (6:31 PM EDT): Rodriguez got two quick ground outs to start the eighth inning. Marcus Semien, however, hit a sharp grounder back to the mound. Rodriguez knocked it down, but Semien’s speed was too much. He was called out, but upon review, the call was overturned and Semien was awarded a hit, ending Rodriguez’s no-hit bid.
Update (6:15 PM EDT): Rodriguez got Billy Butler to line out, then induced consecutive ground outs from Stephen Vogt and Ryon Healy. He’s at 100 pitches, two innings shy of a no-hitter.
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez has held the Athletics hitless through six innings during Sunday afternoon’s game at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The lefty has walked two and hit a batter while striking out five on 88 pitches. Yoan Moncada also committed a fielding error.
The Red Sox offense has thus far been unable to provide Rodriguez with run support. Starter Kendall Graveman tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings on five hits and a pair of walk with seven strikeouts. Reliever Ryan Dull got the final two outs of the seventh to keep the game knotted at zero-zero.
Though Rodriguez’s pitch count seems to be a limiting factor, if he is able to go the distance and keep the A’s hitless, he would be the second pitcher this season to toss a no-no. The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds on April 21. The last member of the Red Sox to toss a no-no was Jon Lester on May 19, 2008. The A’s haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since the Orioles’ combined no-hitter on July 13, 1991, which featured Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson.
Rodriguez entered Sunday’s start with a disappointing 5.35 ERA with a 61/28 K/BB ratio in 74 innings this season.
We’ll keep you updated as Rodriguez attempts to no-hit the Athletics.
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.