Carlos Rodon Gets Win with Another Strong Start! NY 3 Miami 2

Carlos Rodon continues to look good in this his 2nd season in NY.

In this game he pitched a shutout into the 7th at Yankee Stadium on a Tuesday night — leaving with a 3-0 lead although bases loaded due to serendipity — a walk, error by Anthony Rizzo, and grounder to 3rd that Jon Berti made good play on but the ball dropped out of his glove.

Ian Hamilton came in to retire the side, with no earned runs charged to Rodon. Hamilton pitched a shutout 8th as well and Clay Holmes was Filthy in the 9th for the save and 3-2 Yankee win.

NY’s offense came on a Yankee Stadium Homer by lefty Alex Verdugo in the 2nd — as he golfed it into the short porch in right; a screaming RBI double by Giancarlo Stanton in the 5th; and a clutch RBI single by Juan Soto in the 6th. Aaron Judge went 1-1 on the day with 3 walks.

It was a win just like the Yankees had drafted it up this winter.

“Really good,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Rodon. “On the attack again tonite. Again mixing up the arsenal. Had a presence with the change up and the cutter again. The cutter got him a big double play ball there in the 4th or the 5th when he got into a little bit of trouble. But more good — pitching into the 7th inning. Got a little tough luck behind him but another strong one for him that put us in a position to win the game.”

NY improves to 10-2 — one of their best starts to a season ever. Miami drops to 1-11 — their worst start ever, after going 84-78 last year.

1. Rodon Another Strong Start

The big news for the Yankees was how well Rodon continues to look this season. He was commanding — pitching a shutout into the 7th.

He used his arsenal of pitches — a 95 MPH four-seam fastball, 92-MPH cutter, 82-MPH changeup, 86-MPH slider, and 88-MPH cutter — to mow down the Marlins.

He allowed a walk here and a double there (4 hits and 2 walks), but limited it to one an inning and mostly cruised.

2. Verdugo GOLFS HR to Right

The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, when Alex Verdugo GOLFED one off lefty A.J. Puk into the short porch in right for a 1-0 Yankee lead.

3. Giancarlo RIPS RBI Double in 5th

Giancarlo Stanton remains hot. He looks confident at the plate — a line shot waiting to happen.

In the bottom of the 5th, Juan Soto got on due to a 1-out error by Miami shortstop Tim Anderson, Aaron Judge walked, and Giancarlo RIPPED a scorching line drive double to opposite field right off Puk for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

4. Soto Clutch, Insurance RBI Single in 6th

In the bottom of the 6th, Jon Berti got a 1-out single off reliever Sixto Sanchez, Austin Wells worked a walk, and after Gleyber Torres flied out, Juan Soto ripped a clutch, 2-out RBI single to center for a 3-0 NY lead.

5. Hamilton Saves Rodon

Rodon had a shutout going into the 7th. But after walking the 1st batter, Jazz Chisholm Jr.hit a grounder to 1st that looked like it could be a double play ball at 1st — or at least an easy out. But the ball bounded over Anthony Rizzo’s glove for an error and 2 men on with nobody out.

Tim Anderson hit a hard grounder down 3rd that Berti made a good play on to get to — but the ball fell out of his glove and he had no chance to run to 3rd for the out.

So bases loaded, nobody out. Not really Rodon’s fault.

Ian Kennedy came in and got groundout (for a run), sac fly (for a run), and groundout (with the runner in scoring position at 2nd) to end the inning. NY 3 Miami 2.

6. Holmes Filthy in 9th

Hamilton pitched a shutout 8th, pitching around a 1-out walk — and then Clay Holmes came in for the 9th and was FILTHY LIGHTS OUT: ground out, strikeout of Tim Anderson on 3 pitches, and easy fly out to Judge in center for the old ballgame.

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