New York Yankees rookie, Chase Whitley was impressive for five innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The Yankee bullpen tookover and was solid the rest of the way, until the game's final frame. The Yankees turned to closer David Robertson in the ninth and handed the game over to him with a 2-1 lead. Robertson could not hold the lead as he had a nightmarish ninth inning, giving up five runs on two hits and three walks. The disastrous outing was capped by a game tying homerun by Minnesota Twins outfielder, Josh Willingham and followed by a go ahead RBI double by second baseman, Brian Dozier.
"It was a bad day," Robertson said. "I fell behind on hitters, I couldn't make pitches with my curve ball, I was just missing with my fastball, a little off or a little down. I wasn't consistent today, and it cost us a lot of runs or a chance to even comeback in this ballgame." Robertson only retired two batters in the frame and left with the bases loaded.
After Robertson was pulled from the game, former Yankee Eduardo Nunez greeted his ex-teammate Matt Daley with a two run double. Twins outfielder, Oswaldo Arcia finished the assault with a two run single off of New York reliever Matt Thornton. In all, the Twins scored six times in the final inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.
Although Robertson took the loss, Yankees manager , Joe Girardi pointed out that the Yankees had plenty of chances to score during the game. "We had the bases loaded and nobody out, and we only came away with one run," Girardi said. "Those are the situations we really need to capitalize on, and we weren't able to do that today. At times, runs have been tough for us. We do have some injuries, but you can't make excuses. You need to find a way to get it done. "
Robertson, who entered the game with an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP in 17 innings pitched, is anxious to return and prove himself after a disappointing outing on Saturday. "I'm itching to get back out there," Roberson said. "I want to prove I can still do this. A bad day's a bad day. There's going to be a good day coming up next."
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