Sunday, September 14, 2014

Irresponsible Use of Robertson Punished in Ninth as Yanks Fall 3-2

Hiroki Kuroda gave up just 1 earned run in 7 innings and Brian McCann broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the top of the ninth, but since David Robertson was doubled off of three times in the bottom of that frame the Yankees fell in the toughest of tough fashions tonight to the Orioles, 3-2, to drop this weekend's series.

For just about all of this contest, though they didn't actually play that well, the Yanks led 1-0, a lead they jumped out to early when Martin Prado lined one over the left field wall in the top of the second.

Nonetheless, once Kuroda blew the lead in the bottom of the sixth after looking near-perfect in Baltimore's first five at-bats a general sense of unease seemed to fill New York's dugout, something that apparently wasn't changed by McCann's late shot. 

Indeed, throughout this one's last three innings the Yanks just looked tired. And unfortunately for them, the bullpen wasn't there to save them this time, with Robertson allowing the aforementioned three doubles (walk-off one was hit by ex-Yankee Kelly Johnson) in the ninth to hand Baltimore the W.

In other words, this evening the Yanks seemed to finally break. No, this defeat doesn't completely knock them out of the playoff race, but still, it definitely makes them rallying for a spot that much more unlikely, a depressing fact we all must now admit.

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