For the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera has blown three straight save opportunities. Miguel Cabrera became the first to hit three HR off of Mo during Mo’s career—-and the last two came on successive at bats, also a first.
Andy Pettitte is having a lot of difficulty in tying ex-NY Giant great Carl Hubbell on the all-time list with 253 wins. Andy is stuck on 252.
Today, he went just 4 1/3, 1 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 13 outs, 11 baserunners. A struggle. ERA 4.62. Once again, he had the first-inning blues, giving up a run.
A-Rod tied it in the 2nd with HR #648* (asterisk intended). Nunez made it 2-1 in the same inning with a sac fly. The HR was, of course, A-Rod’s first of the season.
A-Rod’s single made it 3-1 in the 3rd. This RBI was #1952* in his career, passing the great Stan Musial on the all-time list.
Alfonso Soriano hit his 20th HR of the season, #392 of his career, in the fourth to make it 4-1. The hit was the 2000th of Soriano’s career.
Then it got interesting.
Kelley 1 1/3. 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.48.
Logan 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.95.
Robertson gave up a HR in the 8th. 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.
Then Mo gave up a HR to Cabrera to lead off the 9th. 4-3. Fielder lined out. Victor Martinez hit a HR off Mo (3 hr given up by Mo in his last 2 appearances) to tie the game. Mo rebounded with a groundout and flyout and eventually won the game.
Rivera (W, 3-2, 2.44) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. His ERA has gone from 1.56 to 2.44 in his last three outings.
With two out in the 9th, Gardner, who made a great catch that went for a DP earlier, homered (8) to win the game.