David Robertson has been nearly perfect for the Yankees since taking over the coveted closer role from Mariano Rivera. However, after Robertson got the last out in the eighth inning, he gave up a lead-off single and a two-run home run to Adam Dunn to give the White Sox the win.
“It’s a bad game,” Robertson said after last night’s loss. “It’s frustrating because the team fought so hard today. We had a win there, three outs away and I let them down today. I didn’t make enough quality pitches and it cost us the game.”
He said he was trying to throw the fastball down and away, but he left it too up in the zone, which allowed Dunn to drive it into the right-center field seats.
“It seemed like that one was just left up in the zone,” he said. “It cut right up to his (barrel) and he put it 40 rows deep.”
Robertson’s pitch selection was questionable, since Dunn is a notorious fastball hitter, but it just seemed to be in the wrong location at the wrong time. Look, let’s face it; Robertson was bound to have a bad game. He had been nothing short of brilliant since taking over for Rivera, so a blown save was to come eventually. It happens to everyone, and believe it or not, it even happened to Mariano. All Robertson can do is prepare for his next outing and bounce back, which shouldn’t be hard to do. He’s been in these types of situations before.