Former Franklin Cougar Picks up First MLB Win Against the Cubs
Fernando Rodriguez, a graduate of Franklin High School in El Paso, pitched 1/3 of an inning, getting Blake DeWitt of the Chicago Cubs to ground out in the 8th inning with two on and two outs. Houston then scored six runs in the 9th inning for a 7-3 Houston victory, earning Rodriguez his first career victory in the Majors.
Fernando said after the game, "Today we were swinging the bats pretty good, it's one of those things that you just want to do your job and give your team a chance, you know, I was able to get out of that inning and keep the game close. Just left it up to the hitters to get on base, move the guys over, and got on top of them, we were able to score a few runs, so it's always fun. Of course when we scored that run, it's a little bigger smile, you know."
On Wednesday, May 18th, Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to the team's official site. This will be the first trip up to the big club for Rodriguez since 2009 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He had been excellent thus far in Triple-A, sporting a 12.4 K/9 and solid 2.64 K/BB ratio. Rodriguez is back on the 40-man roster, likely filling the slot vacated by Nelson Figueroa.