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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