Carlos Rodon cements All-Star resume with phenomenal complete game vs. Padres

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Rodón cements All-Star resume with monster complete game originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

If the MLB world wasn’t completely sold on Carlos Rodón’s All-Star case before Saturday, it should be perfectly polished after his breathtaking complete game in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The left-hander retired 22 of the game's final 23 batters to put a cherry on top of a three-hitter. He allowed just one run in the second inning, walked two and struck out 12.

After Padres All-Star Manny Machado hit home runs in the past two games, Rodón struck Machado out in three straight at-bats on Saturday.

His brilliance resembled that of Tim Lincecum, and his intensity from the mound was exactly what the Giants needed to help push them back over .500 during a dim point of their season.

Rodón became the first Giants pitcher with 10-plus strikeouts in a complete game since Madison Bumgarner in 2016. He also racked up 27 swings and misses, the most by a Giants pitcher in a game since Lincecum in 2013 (29) in his July 13, 2013, no-hitter.

Oh, and it doesn’t end there.

Even in the ninth inning, Rodón was still throwing over 98-mph fastballs, going 98-98-99 to close out the game.

It was his first complete game since April 14, 2021, against Cleveland.

And MLB Twitter weighed in on the impressive performance, most agreeing with his All-Star bid.

An impressive performance that carried San Francisco to a much-needed victory, Rodon's stellar performance should cement his All-Star resume.

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