The Giants end nearly a week long tour in New York City with a win.
On a day where the Yankees honored Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte started his last regular season game at Yankee Stadium, the visiting Giants would upset the party and win the last game of the series 2-1.
Andy Pettitte took a no hitter into the 6th inning where San Francisco shortstop Ehire Adrianza hit a solo home run to left to break it up. That was Adrianza’s first career home run and would tie the game at 1-1.
“Pablo told me it was a no-hitter, he told me to get a hit,” Adrianza said. “It was a special day for me in my life, for Mariano and Pettitte.”
The Yankees would strike first in the 3rd inning when first baseman Mark Reynolds hit a solo shot off of Yusmeiro Petit. That was Reynolds’ 20th homer of the season and the only run for New York in the game.
Petit would end up getting a no decision while Andy Pettitte would get the loss falling to 10-11 in 2013. Pettitte allowed a lead off double to Pablo Sandoval in the 8th inning and left after that to a standing ovation.
Nick Noonan would pinch run for Sandoval and would score on Tony Abreu’s double a couple batters latter. It was Abreu’s only hit of the game and 2nd of the series.
Mariano Rivera would relieve David Robertson after Abreu’s RBI double and ended up getting the final two outs of the inning. Rivera would also pitch the 9th allowing just a single to Juan Perez.
The Yankees came close to tying the game a couple of times in the bottom of the 8th. Alex Rodriguez led off the inning with a single off of Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla. After Zoilo Almonte came in to pinch run for A-Rod at 1st, Robinson Cano would hit a double off of Casilla to get Almonte over to 3rd.
Alfonso Soriano then hit into a fielder’s choice to Nick Noonan at 3rd who dived for the ball to then throw out Almonte at home. Casilla then struck out Curtis Granderson for the 2nd out.
Yankees third baseman Eduardo Nunez then hit a single to left causing Robinson Cano to try an score all the way from 2nd. However, Juan Perez threw out Cano at the plate ending the inning and preserving the lead for San Francisco.
The Yankees couldn’t make any noise in the bottom of the 9th as Sergio Romo managed to get a 1-2-3 inning to secure his 36th save of the year.
The other two games in the Bronx did not go the Giants way. In game one on Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit a Grand Slam in the 8th inning to give the Yanks the lead and the 5-1 win. It was A-Rod’s 7th home run of the season.
Yankees would blank the Giants in game two on Saturday winning by a final of 6-0. Offense came from all over for the Yankees with the nail in the coffin shot coming from Eduardo Nunez who hit a two-run homer in the 4th to make a five-run ballgame then.
The Giants season on the road is over but they still have six more game at AT&T Park. First, they play the NL West Division Champion Dodgers (90-66) for three games. San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (8-9), Madison Bumgarner (13-9), and Tim Lincecum (10-14). Los Angeles’ probables are Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-7), Ricky Nolasco (13-10), and Edinson Volquez (9-12).
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Written by Daniel Trucios