Stat Line of the Night — 7/15/2013 — Yoenis Cespedes
Stat Line of the Night — 7/16/2013 — Mariano Rivera
In reality, the entire American League pitching staff should be credited with the “Stat Line of the Night,” as they combined to limit the National League All-Stars to just three hits, one walk and no earned runs, while striking out eight over the course of the A.L.’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field. But on this occasion, there was one pitcher who stole the show.
Playing in his 13th, and final, All-Star Game, Mariano Rivera entered the game in the eighth inning to a standing ovation from the fans and players of both teams. And once everyone was finished showing their respect for the greatest reliever to ever play the game, Rivera treated those in attendance to yet another vintage Mariano Rivera performance, as he retired all three batters he faced in order, needing just 16 pitches to do so.
It was a great way for Rivera to cap off the final All-Star Game of his Hall of Fame career, as he was awarded the All-Star Game MVP, while also earning himself “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, July 16, 2013.