After dropping the first two games of the series, the SF Giants nabbed a 5-2 victory against the New York Mets on Wednesday. Carlos Rodón is off to a strong start in 2022 and he gave the Giants another stellar effort on the mound.
SF Giants record a 5-2 victory behind another strong effort from Carlos Rodón
Before the left-handed hurler even reached the mound, the Giants pushed three runs across the plate. Darin Ruf got the rally started with a walk and scored on a Joc Pederson double. Brandon Crawford and Wilmer Flores each collected an RBI single, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead before the Mets even came to bat.
San Francisco added another run in the second inning on a solo shot by Brandon Belt. Interestingly, Belt's 34th birthday was on Wednesday, and that home run represented the first hit he has recorded on his birthday in his 12-year career.
Mike Yastrzemski plated the fifth run of the game with a single in the fourth inning that he tried to stretch into a double. However, Starling Marte had a different plan in mind as he threw out Yastrzemski at second base.
The Giants offense produced five runs, which should be enough run support to give Carlos Rodón the win on most nights including Wednesday night. The 29-year-old pitcher did not have his sharpest command early on, but he managed to get by thanks to a mid-90's fastball.
Rodón rarely ran into trouble against a tough Mets lineup as he allowed just five baserunners on three hits and two walks. He completed five scoreless frames with eight strikeouts, which gives him 29 strikeouts through three starts.
He was not as efficient as he displayed in his first two starts. He registered 60 strikes on 95 pitches, but that seems to be a pretty good workload in terms of pitch count at this point in the year.
The Giants' bullpen was tasked with closing it out and there were a few tense moments. John Brebbia, who is off to a nice start to the season, yielded one run across 1.2 frames. Tyler Rogers allowed another run due in part to some bad ground ball luck, but that can be the case with pitch-to-contact hurlers on some nights like tonight.
Jake McGee closed out the game but looked shaky right out of the gates after allowing a leadoff walk to Mets catcher James McCann. However, he did settle in and recorded outs against the next three hitters to collect the save. Anthony DeSclafani is slated to face off against Carlos Carrasco on Thursday morning to finish off a four-game series.