Henry Rodriguez looked impressive on Thursday night as he logged his first full inning in a month. The right-hander reached 100 mph five times, struck out one batter and allowed a hit for a scoreless eighth. The Nationals rallied an inning later to sweep San Francisco .
Rodriguez fanned leadoff hitter Justin Christian with a 101 mph fastball and allowed a single to Ryan Theirot. He then forced Melky Cabrera to ground out and Buster Posey to fly out. Along with his fastball, Rodriguez mixed in a slider that hovered around 85 mph.
Rodriguez’s lone mistake was a balk with one out, which allowed Theriot to move to second base. Pitching out of the stretch, Rodriguez began to bring his throwing hand and glove together before restarting the motion.
“Old, new, we always had confidence in Henry,” said Tyler Clippard, who picked up the win. “He always looks impressive to me. His stuff is always there.”
Rodriguez was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday night after recovering from a finger injury. He threw five pitches and recorded an out in Tuesday’s win.
His velocity is obviously there, now he has to prove he can maintain the control that eluded him earlier this season. If so, he’ll be a valuable asset to an already talented bullpen. The Nats are also expecting reliever Drew Storen to return after the all-star break.
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