Last night was an emotional game for everyone – especially Mariano Rivera. Mo pitched in his final All-Star appearance. And as to be expected, continued his streak of scoreless innings pitched in All-Star games. In his 13 appearances, Mo has 9 innings pitched, 5 hits, with a 0.00 ERA.
After those 13 appearances, Rivera, at 43 years old, finally received his first MVP award from Bud Selig last night. It was a truly endearing presentation, with Selig giving Mo an unexpected hug after conveying his affection for the pitcher he dubbed the greatest closer of all time.
The last number 42 to play the game entered in the bottom of the 8th inning and made quick work, retiring the side with the efficiency he has displayed for his entire career – helping to secure the American League’s lead of 3-0.
The winning runs weren’t scored until after Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw blanked the AL’s batting in the first 3 innings. Harvey earned 3 of the 7 total strikeouts for the NL pitching staff in his 2 innings; proving Bruce Bochy’s decision to start the young right-handed pitcher wise.
Harvey’s only folly of the night was when he hit Robinson Cano with a pitch in the right knee. After being examined by the Mets’ doctor, it was determined that he had a contusion in his quadricep, according to a Tweet by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Cano was replaced by Dustin Pedroia when he left the field.
The first run the AL run scored was by Miguel Cabrera in the 4th inning, driven in by Jose Bautista. One out into the 5th, J.J. Hardy grounded out while driving in Adam Jones. The final run scored by the AL, to ultimately put the game away happened in the 8th, due to a ground rule double by Jason Kipnis, bringing Salvado Perez home.
Those runs, in combination with the American League’s lights-out pitching earned them the win and home field advantage in the World Series.
The winning pitcher was the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale, with 2 strikeouts in his 2 innings pitched. The loss goes to the Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin, leaving the game with 1 IP and 1 ER. The save was awarded to the Texas Rangers’ Joe Nathan, after he struck out two thirds of the final NL side.
SGN Correspondant Liam Bancroft