As the clock approached 11 p.m., pitcher Ron Marinaccio stirred within the Yankees’ bullpen and his mom stirred on the sofa at house in Toms River, N.J.
“Wake up!” Ron’s father instructed her, with a sense one thing special could be about to occur as their son loosened up his arm. “He’s coming in.”
Renee and her husband — additionally named Ron — watched their son shut out the Cubs within the high of the thirteenth inning Friday night time, then mustered the late-night power to high-five after Jose Trevino’s RBI single within the backside of the body gave their son the first win of his MLB career.
“I knew he was coming into a tie game and had an opportunity for his first win,” the elder Ron instructed The Post. “I was praying for a [game-winning Yankees] hit.”
Marinaccio’s dad and mom, brother and fiancée make the journey throughout the bridge as typically as they’ll to observe the rookie who grew up as a Yankees fan on the Jersey Shore. All 4 skipped the journey Friday with no approach to know it will be a recreation to recollect. Marinaccio was the sixth reliever utilized in what was solely the seventh MLB recreation to final 13 innings for the reason that addition of the extra-inning ghost runner in 2020.
“They sent me a text and then I’m sure they fell right back asleep,” Marinaccio joked of his dad and mom. “But they were all excited in the morning.”
Indeed there was a buzz Saturday at a fundraiser in Toms River, at which fellow residents sought out the Marinaccios to supply congratulations.
“It wasn’t a normal day,” Renee stated. “Our phones have been blowing up all day and overnight.”
Because he left the mound with no approach to know he was about to be the profitable pitcher, Marinaccio didn’t pocket the sport ball as a memento. He is hoping to get the lineup card to border and match the one resting on the foot of his locker from his MLB debut on April 9.
“First win is definitely a big accomplishment,” Marinaccio, who will flip 27 on July 1, stated, “but I’m more excited to start feeling a little more comfortable and help the team win. The guys here were great about it: Everybody congratulates you on the first one.”
After he walked two batters and hit one other in a tough outing May 29 in opposition to the Rays, Marinaccio has rebounded with 4 scoreless innings, together with following up Friday’s win by retiring three of 4 hitters confronted within the Yankees’ 8-0 win over the Cubs as he pitched on back-to-back days for the first time.
“You have to be able to handle failures and adversity,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “That’s the mark of being able to stay here, because it’s going to happen. He goes through an outing like that and he’s not shell-shocked by it. He’s pissed about it, which is a good reaction because he’s confident in his ability. He’s done a great job, and I think he’s somebody that has a chance to have a long career up here.”
Marinaccio, who’s used to pitching in lopsided video games because the final choice within the bullpen, realized from his struggles in a uncommon large spot to be extra aggressive early within the depend and use his fastball. The high of the Cubs’ lineup paid the worth for the Rays’ success.
“I talked to a couple people as soon as I came out of that one and I was like, ‘I wish I could just go out there and do that again,’ ” Marinaccio stated. “That was tough having to sit on that one. I was a little too passive and tried to be a little too perfect because it was one of the biggest situations I’ve been in so far. I took some time to reflect on it and say, ‘Trust your stuff a little bit more.’ Got a better result [Friday] night.”
Not simply higher. Unforgettable.