It takes a lot of mental fortitude to throw a no-hitter. It takes even more to continue pitching well after losing one late in a close game. But that’s exactly what Eduardo Rodriguez managed to do Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
The Boston Red Sox’s left-hander tossed 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before an infield single from Marcus Semien ended his bid for history with two outs in the eighth inning. The ball kicked off his foot, and Rodriguez spun around in a circle searching for the ball beneath him before picking it up and firing to first for what originally was called an out. The A’s challenged the call, however, and it was overturned, ending Rodriguez’s no-no. Boston eventually fell in the ninth inning, 1-0, with closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound.
So what was he thinking during those critical few moments? The 23-year-old southpaw explained in the clubhouse after the game, as seen on NESN’s “Red Sox Final” after the game. Check it out in the video above.
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