With the New York Yankees starting rotation in a state of flux, the Bombers bullpen stepped in and shutdown the LA Angels on Saturday in the Bronx. Starter Vidal Nuno only lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits. Then Yankee manager Joe Girardi called to the bullpen and the New York relievers stifled the LA bats. Dellin Betances took the ball in the fifth inning and threw two shutout innings on his way to earning his first career victory. Betances looked dominant as he struckout three on his way to the win.
Betances continues his impressive first season out of the Yankees pen. Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has noticed Betance's evolution this season. "I'm happy for the kid," Girardi said. "He's been through a lot. He's had to change roles and he's had to fight to get here. He's thrown the ball extremely well for us. Probably today was the toughest situation we put put him in so far. He responded extremely well."
Betances has reacted well since being converted from a starter last season at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. "For me every time I go out there the experience helps me." Betances said. "A lot of the guy's have given me good advice. It's having the confidence an faith. Thank God, everything has gone well."
Shawn Kelley and Matt Thornton combined for 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and setup David Robertson to close out the game. Robertson entered the game in the ninth and was in his first save situation since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. The Yankees wasted no time throwing Robertson back into the fire.
The Yankees new closer entered the game with a slim one run lead. It was Robertson's first save opportunity in 20 days. "We go through stretches like this all the time in baseball," Robertson said. "The next thing you know you'll get a full nine innings out of a starter, and the game's over in two hours and 40 minutes. It happens."
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