Posted by Andy on April 28, 2011
Here's a great trivia question from reader eorns.
Q: What do the following pitchers have in common?
Graeme Lloyd, Ramiro Mendoza, Bret Prinz, Felix Rodriguez, Mike Myers, David Robertson, and Phil Coke
If you said that they all played for the Yankees, think harder before clicking through.
A: They are the only pitchers to relieve Mariano Rivera mid-inning! (in his closer role since 1997)
To find this, first I figured this would probably never happen on the road. So I looked at all of his home appearances and looked at games he didn't finish by sorting the "App,Dec" column (there's no "Didn't Finish Game" criterion, which I guess, would only be useful in limited circumstances. It would be nice, though, to be able to "Not" any criterion). I found 6 games this way. I then did the same for away games and actually found one. Here's the list:
4/5/98 vs OAK. Replaced by Graeme Lloyd. Away! Got two outs in the 8th and two in the ninth. Not sure why he’d be taken out with two outs in the ninth. Lloyd gave up a walk and a homer (ha...by Giambi) to tie it!
7/20/02 vs BOS. Replaced by Ramiro Mendoza. Pitched only to 2 batters in the 8th.
9/4/04 vs BAL. Replaced by Bret Prinz.
4/6/05 vs BOS. Replaced by Felix Rodriguez.
4/27/07 vs BOS. Replaced by Mike Myers.
5/7/09 vs TB. Replaced by David Robertson.
6/6/09 vs TB. Replaced by Phil Coke. Twice in a month by TB!
Bonus tidbit: As the closer he's only had one outing without getting anybody out: 8/10/08, when Chone Figgins hit Rivera's only pitch for a game-winning single.