Tonight is a sad night.
Let us all forget about another loss to the Rays, but let us all remember the beautiful things that Mariano Rivera has done for us. If you want the recap for the actual game, skip to the bottom of the article.
Rivera has finished his career in the Bronx with 314 saves and a 2.46 earned run average. He had 597 strikeouts over 657 1/3 innings. Tonight he threw 13 pitches to retire the only four batters he faced. Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to let the emotions start to flow.
Rivera left to a standing ovation from everyone in the Bronx.
I'll keep the recap short (mostly because there's nothing to write about) so we can all discuss our favorite MOments through his career and all share our feels together.
The Yankees' offense didn't show up tonight. Like at all. Ivan Nova had a strong outing through seven innings while striking out five hitters on 105 pitches. He gave up just two runs on eight hits and one walk. The offense combined for an incredible three hits, one each from Eduardo Nunez, Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay.
The Rays production came from the top of the order. The first four hitters combined for 8-16 with three runs and three runs batted in from Evan Longoria, of course. Alex Cobb was in charge of shutting down the Yankees offense, pitching seven plus innings but only striking out four while walking two. The Yankees BABIP for the night was .150.
Anyway, lets get back to Mo. Here's to seeing Rivera play center field in Houston.
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