Late Inning Excitement

August 13, 2010 – 9:53 am

NYY 4, Kansas City 3. For eight innings this one looked like it was going to be a routine, yawner-type win with the Yankees putting up four runs in picket fence style, while CC Sabathia pretty much kept the Royals off the scoreboard. This was typical CC of late, giving up quite a few hits and battling Andy Pettitte-style through each inning with one or two base runners, but keeping the opponent off the scoreboard. The ninth inning was going pretty much the same way, and CC had two outs with two on when he reached whatever the mythical pitch count was that Joe Girardi had set for him for that night. Girardi then went to David Robertson for the one out save. You wouldn’t think that this situation wouldn’t be all that much different than any other relief situation, but of course baseball has made the “save” into something all together different than other relief appearances, and I guess maybe that played with Robertson’s head since he normally doesn’t come in to “save” situations. Anyway, for whatever reasons, Robertson — who had not given up a hit in his last nine appearances — promptly gave up back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced and all of a sudden a routine win was one hit away from extra innings. But then Robertson settled down and struck out Jason Kendall and all ended as it should.

A series sweep here would be a very nice, and given that we’re missing Zack Greinke, pretty do-able as well I would think.  So it’s up to Dustin Moseley to keep things going tonight.  And what makes Moseley’s start all the more important is that Andy Pettitte’s return has now suffered a slight setback (as I anticipated it might way back when), so Moseley may be needed more down the stretch run than originally anticipated.

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