3B Aderlin Rodriguez lined a single to center in the bottom of the tenth to give St. Lucie the win in extra innings. Rodriguez, who was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and 3 RBI is hot. The big guy is hitting .317/.356/.683 (!) in his last ten. He’s part of a six-way tie for second in the FSL in homers. A slow start has held his overall line down to .234/.263/.476 in 31 games. He lost a bunch of weight this winter, to help his agility in the field, but he’s all about the bat. I suspect he will be a first baseman by the time he reaches the big leagues. Like Cesar Puello a level above him, Rodriguez will need to learn to walk more as his 23/5 K/BB ratio in 31 games attests. That strikeout rate of 16% is fine for a guy with his kind of power, but he’s walked in just 3.8% of his plate appearances. He must become more patient.
Alex Panteliodis started (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR).
Frank Francisco got himself in trouble with a pair of walks, but fanned two to end the threat in the eighth.
A: The Gnats were off.