DAZZLING DEBUT: At 22 years and 51 days old yesterday, Eduardo Rodriguez went 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts for the win in his 1st MLB game…Elias says Rodriguez was the 1st pitcher in Red Sox history to go at least 7.2 IP, allow no runs, give up 3 hits or less, and strike out at least 7 in his MLB debut.
· Rodriguez had the longest scoreless outing for a Red Sox in his MLB debut since Billy Rohr on 4/14/67 at NYY (9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R)…At 22 years and 51 days old, he was the youngest Red Sox lefty to start and win his major league debut since Rohr, who was 21.
· He was the youngest major leaguer to debut with 7.2+ scoreless IP and 7 SO since the Red Sox’ Dave Morehead at 20 years old on 4/13/63 (9.0 IP, 10 SO).
· According to Elias, he was just the 3rd left-handed pitcher since 1900 to have a scoreless debut of at least 7.2 IP with 7 or more strikeouts, along with Brooklyn’s Karl Spooner on 9/22/54 (9.0 IP, 15 SO) and the White Sox’ Bob Weiland on 9/30/28 (9.0 IP, 9 SO).
MOOKIE’S FIRST CENTURY: Mookie Betts has 10 homers and 13 stolen bases in 99 major league games…He will join Nomar Garciaparra (16 HR/18 SB, 1996-97), Ellis Burks (19 HR/21 SB, 1987), and Jim Tabor (10 HR/10 SB, 1938-39) as the only Red Sox ever to reach double-digits in both home runs and stolen bases within their first 100 career big league games.
· Betts has hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games (.349, 15-for-43) and is batting .375 (9-for-24) in 6 games since moving to the 2-spot in the lineup.
QUANTITY OF QUALITY: Red Sox are tied for the major league lead with 11 quality starts in the club’s last 15 games since 5/13 (also 11 QS for CLE in 16 games, LAA and SD in 15 games, and LAD in 14 games in that time).
· Boston’s current 15-game stretch follows a span in which the Red Sox had only 8 quality starts in 26 games from 4/14-5/12.
· As a team, Boston has allowed 2 ER or fewer in 9 of 15 games since 5/13, but has lost 4 of those efforts.