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Game 156: Yankees vs. Giants

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (82-73)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (10-10, 3.93)
Pettitte vs. Giants

GIANTS (71-84)
Angel Pagan CF
Juan Perez LF
Brandon Belt 1B
Buster Posey DH
Hunter Pence RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hector Sanchez C
Tony Abreu 2B
Ehire Adrianza SS

RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-0, 3.08)
Petit vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS

WEATHER: Bright sun. Clear sky. Beautiful day.

UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Paul Nauert

WINNING: With Saturday’s win, the Yankees are 82-73 meaning the team has clinched its 21st straight winning season (1993-2013), marking the second-longest such stretch in Major League history behind only the Yankees’ streak of 39 consecutive winning seasons from 1926-64.

PITCHING: Yesterday’s shutout of San Francisco marked the 10th time this season the Yankees shut out their opponent (first since August 31 against Baltimore). It’s the Yankees most shutouts in a single season since 2008 (11). Each of the Yankees’ last three shutouts have been started and won by Ivan Nova.

HITTING: Yankees batters have scored 11 runs and hit four home runs in the first two games of their current three-game set against San Francisco. They combined to score just nine runs with one homer over their previous five games.

HONORING: Obviously first pitch has been delayed quite a bit by the Mariano Rivera ceremony. The Yankees brought out some of Rivera’s most beloved former teammates — Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, of course, but also Hideki Matsui and Tino Martinez — and as expected, Metallica played a live version of Enter Sandman, during which Rivera walked onto the field from the bullpen. The Yankees retired Rivera’s number, then gave him a $100,000 check for his foundation, a baseball bat rocking chair, a framed copy of the retired number, and a crystal version of Rivera’s glove.

UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Posada just threw the ceremonial first pitch to Rivera. Posada on the mound, Rivera crouching at the plate.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Perfect first inning for Pettitte. Why not?

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Rivera video messages coming between each inning. Had one with a bunch of managers saying congratulations, including Leyland, Showalter, Ventura and, of course, Mattingly. Now it’s a video of current players: Cain, Hamilton, Pedroia, Ortiz, Wright, Giambi and Swisher. Huge ovation for Swisher, by the way.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Home run by Reynolds to put the Yankees in front 1-0 in the third inning. First hit of the game.

UDPATE, 3:23 p.m.: Pettitte was perfect through four and had a no-hitter with one out in the sixth, but No. 9 hitter Adrianza just homered to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Yankee blow a two-out scoring opportunity in the sixth — back-to-back runners reached, Soriano struck out — and now Pettitte is out for the seventh having thrown 88 pitches.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Brutal. Runners at second and third with one out, Wells and Ichiro strike out. Pettitte is back out there for the eighth inning at 102 pitches. Have to imagine the Yankees badly want to get him a win, but he probably can’t go much longer. Robertson is warm in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Wow, what an ovation for Pettitte. And a huge hug from Jeter at the top of the dugout. He really pitched a hell of a game, but he just doesn’t go much beyond 100 pitches these days and that Sandoval doubled was roped to left. Had to pull him. Girardi gave him a chance, but it’s time for Robertson.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: RBI double by Abreu has the Giants in front 2-1 in the eighth.

UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Girardi showing little faith in Robertson here, goes straight to Rivera with one out and a runner at second base in the eighth inning. Asking Mo for five outs.

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