Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Houdini Act Fails Tonight

Tonight was looking like a great game for the Yankees. They had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning. The entire bullpen had pitched great and Phelps gave the Yankees some innings, stranding the bases loaded twice, with the second instance being saved by Boone Logan.

Robertson came into the game in the ninth inning for the save. He began the inning with his usual Houdini act. He loaded the bases and struck out Pena for the first out. Then BJ Upton lifted a sac fly to right field to tie the game. Not long after, Matt Joyce slapped a three-run home run into the second row of the right field seats. There went the lead and at that point, probably the game. Robertson is still learning the closers role. I won't jump to any conclusions. Not having Mo hurts and that was a situation where he probably would have gotten the job done. Surely Robertson will be upset with himself, but if he can adapt he can thrive in the ninth just like he did in the eighth.

The offense is also partly to blame. They left runners on after the first inning and failed to score after the Cano double. Niemann was good tonight. He went seven innings and allowed the one run, but you have to believe that the Yankees are capable of scoring more than one run against anyone in baseball. Tomorrow will be a good test to see how the Yankees will bounce back from tonight's disappointing loss.Their jobs get no easier as they go against lefty David Price. The Yankees will counter with their own lefty ace, CC Sabathia for a pitchers duel at the Stadium.

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