Daniel Powell 8:36 a.m., Dec. 21
Padres easily handle the Yankees
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was honored at Petco Park but never got the chance to pitch as the Padres distanced themselves as the game went on
Looking at the New York Yankees on paper coming in to take on the Padres Friday, it figured to be a close game, with starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees tangling with the Friars’ starter Andrew Cashner. That turned out not to be the case as the Padres downed the Yankees 7-2 before a sellout crowd at Petco Park.
It was close early. Sabathia got in his own way early, in the bottom of the first inning, when the Padres loaded the bases and he walked Yonder Alonso to force in a run. Jedd Gyorko followed with a ground out to force in another and the Padres led 2-0.
Cashner got bit in the top of the second inning, giving up a single and then a steal of second base (one of Cashner’s weaknesses is holding runners on base), and then a double for one run. A couple of ground-outs later and the Yankees scored again and the game was tied.
But that was all that Cashner and Padres relievers allowed. The Friars scored two more in the fourth with a solo home run by Logan Forsythe and after Cashner singled, Everth Cabrera tripled Cashner home.
The Padres chased Sabathia in the sixth inning with another run, and then tagged Yankees relievers in the seventh and eighth innings with solo home runs by Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable. Luke Gregerson and Tim Stauffer each pitched a perfect inning of relief after Cashner was through, and the Friars made it look easy.
If you couldn’t get tickets for the game, watching the broadcast on Fox Sports San Diego wasn’t a bad alternative. In fact, it was one of the better broadcasts of a Padres game they’ve presented to date.
Anytime you get Padres greats Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman side by side in the same broadcast booth, it’s a treat. Everyone seemed to be on their game, although some of the goofy shots of fans in the stands were a little distracting.
But Mariano Rivera, the great closer for the Yankees (who surpassed Hoffman to gain the all-time saves record), stole the show without even entering the game. The Padres gave Rivera some beach cruisers (I would have voted for flip-flops) as a retirement gift as a symbol of San Diego’s appreciation for his accomplishments.
Mariano is going to hang up his cleats after this season. And Fox Sports San Diego did a great job of capturing everything in the fourth inning:
As for injuries, there isn’t a lot to report so hopefully we’ll get more this afternoon. Carlos Quentin has been sidelined with a knee issue, but was reportedly available to pinch-hit last night. Cameron Maybin (disabled list) is rehabbing in the minors. We’ll see about an update before tomorrow’s game. If you need it faster, follow @refriedgringo on twitter.
Saturday is sold out, don’t even think you can just show up and get a seat. Tyson Ross (2-4, 2.90) will go for the Padres against Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.41) for the Yankees. Game starts at 5:40 PM PDST, and if you do have tickets then know that traffic will be a mess so get there early. If you don’t have tickets, radio 1090 AM will carry the game and Fox Sports San Diego will televise.
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