After blowing his first save of the season in last night’s 6-5 loss to the White Sox, David Robertson rebounded with three strikeouts in the 10th inning to record his tenth save of the campaign. If the Yankees win tomorrow’s game they will have split their six games in Chicago against the Cubs and White Sox.
The Yankees won their first game at U.S. Cellular Field since August of 2011. They previously had an 8-game losing streak on Chicago’s south side. They were able to win this game in extra innings as a result of collecting only three hits through eight innings and then scoring four runs off of five hits in the ninth and 10th innings combined.
Joe Girardi had no worries about how Robertson would respond coming into the game based on his performance during Friday night’s game. “I am not concerned about him,” Girardi said. “I know he is a very good pitcher.”
Vidal Nuno gave the Yankees seven solid innings while allowing all three of his runs in the first inning. He allowed nine hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Nuno rebounded well from his shaky first inning and pitched seven innings for the first time in his career.
Nuno, who was pitching in the independent Frontier League before the Yankees signed him in 2011, allowed the three runs in the first off of an RBI double by Dayan Viciedo, a sacrifice fly to center by Adam Dunn and a groundout to Derek Jeter by Alexei Ramirez. Location is key for him and he was able to throw his pitches where he wanted to after the first inning. It was key that he was able to throw a career-high 101 pitches in this start because it gave the bullpen a break.
After the game Vidal Nuno emphasized that: “making quality pitches is my main concern.”
Dellin Betances came in for the ninth inning and ended up with his third win of the season. He struck out two of the three batters that he faced and managed to throw eight of his 10 pitches for strikes. He has been able to control his slurve and fastball with pinpoint accuracy, which has helped him pile up 49 strikeouts, only allow nine walks and have a very impressive 1.59 ERA.
The Yankees were six for 33 with runners in scoring position coming into the game, but with their clutch hitting in the ninth and tenth innings, they were able to improve on that ineptitude by going three for six Saturday afternoon.
In the ninth, Alfonso Soriano’s ground rule double to right scored Jacoby Ellsbury for their first run of the game. Then Yangervis Solarte‘s single sent Soriano home. That was Solarte’s team leading 25th RBI of the season. To tie the game, Brian McCann’s single to center scored pinch-runner Kelly Johnson.
In the tenth inning, after Derek Jeter grounded out to second, Ellsbury’s second homer of his season put the Yankees ahead 4-3. The Yankees scored all of their runs in the ninth and tenth innings with two outs. Ellsbury went 2-5, with two runs scored and the homer, after previously having two hits in his previous 22 at-bats, so this could be a sign of him coming out of his slump.
In this game, Jeter moved ahead of Luis Aparicio for second place in the all-time games played list at shortstop. He is now played 2,584 games at the shortstop position, which is second only to Omar Vizquel.
After two close losses, Girardi was happy to get a win, even if it meant going into extra innings. “The way this road trip has went, we will take wins any way we can get them,” Girardi said.
The Yankees will close the series against the White Sox with a 2:10 EST game on Sunday. Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off of his first loss since the 2012 season in Japan, will pitch for the Bronx Bombers and Andre Bienzo, who is from Brazil, will pitch for the White Sox.