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WBC Notes: Rodriguez Starts, USA Wins

WBC Notes: Rodriguez Starts, USA Wins
John Dreker

Wandy Rodriguez got his first start of the World Baseball Classic and pitched well through 3.1 innings, before being taken out due to his pitch count. Rodriguez battled in the first innings, having seven pitch AB's against both Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran. He threw a total of 21 pitches, allowing just an infield single to the Royals Irving Falu. 

In the second inning, Rodriguez allowed a single to Mike Aviles to lead off the inning. He then struck out two batters in a row, before getting a deep fly out to right field to end the inning. He needed 16 pitches to get out of the second.

In the third inning, the Pirates left-hander threw 16 pitches to the three batters he faced. With one out, he walked Angel Pagan on seven pitches, but got Falu to hit into an inning-ending double play.
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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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