Rodón, coming off the worst start of his young Yankees career, showed emotion once again on Wednesday night. This time, however, the situation garnered more approval for the pitcher’s competitive nature, as Rodón dropped a few cuss words after striking out the Mets’ Pete Alonso on three straight sliders to end the fifth inning with runners on first and second.
The Alonso at-bat was the highlight of the night for Rodón, who had to battle despite holding the Mets to one run over 5.2 innings in a 3-1 Yankees win. Rodón, pitching in front of Yankees fans for the first time since his criticized kiss, totaled four hits, three walks and four strikeouts over 93 pitches.
He also hit Jeff McNeil square in the back with a 95-mph fastball in the fourth inning. McNeil expressed some emotions of his own, spiking his helmet as he went to the ground. The Yankees had already hit a few batters in the series, but no retaliation came from McNeil’s plunking.
The only Mets run off Rodón came in the third frame when Brandon Nimmo hit a sac fly. Rodón fought to stay in when Aaron Boone came to get him with two outs and a runner on in the sixth, but his fourth start with the Yankees was also his longest.
The Yankees’ struggling offense, meanwhile, scratched and clawed to score off José Quintana. It had some help from the Mets’ defense, too.
The Yankees’ first run came in the second inning when Oswald Peraza hit a groundball that did not yield an out on a fielder’s choice. Isiah Kiner-Falefa proceeded to hit a shallow sac fly to right field. Harrison Bader was able to score on a well-positioned, head-first slide after McNeil slid to make the catch before throwing home.
The Yankees scored an additional run in the fourth when Bader scored on an RBI single from Volpe. Bader had previously singled and advanced to second on an error.
Quintana was only charged with two of the three runs that scored on his watch. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings and 94 pitches in his second start for the Mets.
Michael King, Wandy Peralta, Tommy Kahnle and Clay Holmes finished the game for the Yankees without incident, while Drew Smith and Trevor Gott did the same out of the Mets’ bullpen.
With another Subway Series evenly split, the Yankees will enjoy a Thursday off day before starting a critical three-game series in Baltimore on Friday.
Gerrit Cole, Clarke Schmidt and Luis Severino are scheduled to start those games for the Yankees. Grayson Rodriguez, Tyler Wells and Dean Kramer will throw for the Orioles.
The Mets, meanwhile, begin hosting a four-game series against the Nationals on Thursday. Kodai Senga, Max Scherzer, Carlos Carrasco and Justin Verlander are lined up for the Mets. They will face Washington’s Josiah Gray, MacKenzie Gore, Patrick Corbin and Trevor Williams.
Source: Berkshire mont