Eduardo Rodriguez is still searching for that elusive first major league hit (he's 0-for-17, including the World Series last year) so when he strode to the plate for the first time Friday night, he had a home run king's accessory with him.
It didn't help.
As he documented on Instagram, Rodriguez had a Barry Bonds-like cross earring hanging from him when he batted in the second inning (he said fellow pitcher Chris Sale put him up to it). Alas, no dingers, not even a seeing-eye single for the Red Sox lefty from Venezuela.
Still, Rodriguez did manage to reach on an error and score his first major league run, he also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the Sox' 11-0 rout of the Padres at Petco Park. Sox pitchers have been taking batting practice as they get to hit in NL parks on this trip to San Diego and Colorado.
Teammate J.D. Martinez, whose two-homer, seven-RBI night backed E-Rod's stellar pitching (seven scoreless innings), had a harsher critique of E-Rod's swing than he did of the Sox' all-black Players Weekend uniforms.
"I mean, he's bad. I think the catcher was laughing at him at home plate today. That's what he was saying: `You can't hit, man, not with that swing.' "
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