Sep 22, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA;Mariano Rivera
smiles after receiving a guitar from San Francisco Giants players and coaches during pre-game ceremonies honoring him before the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
It was Mariano Rivera day at Yankee Stadium. There was a pregame ceremony with old teammates and Metallica played live. No matter what team you are a fan of it was a special experience to see one of the game’s greatest be honored. The Giants pitched in with a really cool gift of their own.
Somebody should ask Willie Mays if that’s the first guitar he’s ever signed.
As for the game, the Giants beat the Yankees 2-1 in Andy Pettite’s final start at Yankee Stadium. For a while it looked like that might not happen. The Giants bats were once again asleep and Pettite gave up no hits through the first 5 innings. Mark Reynolds hit a solo shot to left field in the 3rd inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
In the 6th the Giants finally broke through. Young Ehire Adrianza hit his first major league home run to left field to end the no-hitter and tie the game. It was his 2nd major league start. We’ve even heard Duane Kuiper talk about how Adrianza looks “12 years old”. Really? This guy tied the game at 1? We’ll take it.
Our own Denise Walos was at the game today. Great pics coming through our twitter feed.
The Giants took the lead in the top of the 8th inning. Pablo Sandoval led off with a double that drove Pettitte from the game. The veteran exited to a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the crowd. David Robertson followed him. After a Hector Sanchez ground out, Tony Abreu dumped a double in right field and the Giants were ahead 2-1.
The Yankees had a chance in the bottom of the 8th. Alex Rodriguez led off with a single against Santiago Casilla. Zolio Almonte pinch ran and moved to 3rd on a Robinson Cano double. Nick Noonan, who replaced Sandoval as a runner in the top of the 8th, made a nice play to snare a bouncer and throw Almonte out at home.
Javier Lopez came in and once again the opposition could not score. With 2 outs Eduardo Nunez singled to left field. Cano tried to score from 2nd on the play and Juan Perez threw him out at the plate. The kid from the Bronk put an exclamation point on his trip back home.
Sergio Romo pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 36th save this season. Mariano Rivera did get in the game for the Yankees, but it was too little too late. Although Juan Perez got one last thrill as he singled off of the man he probably cheered for as a kid.
The Giants got the win, and it looked like a great day at the park. I leave you with some of Denise’s best shots that came through our Twitter account this afternoon. The Giants are off until Tuesday when the Dodgers come to town for the last home stand of 2013.