David Robertson got out of a bases-loaded jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end the seventh inning.
Robertson entered with a runners on first and second in relief of Freddy Garcia. He got Mike Aviles to fly out to Curtis Granderson but walked Matt Treanor to load the bases.
He then struck out Alcides Escobar and Chris Getz to end the inning.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Getz was 7-for-14 with the bases loaded entering that at-bat.
“It seems like I can always make a situation worse for myself,” Robertson said. “I found a way to get out of it tonight and was real lucky.”
A look at the numbers provided by ESPN Stats & Info suggests Robertson isn’t lucky, he’s good.
With the strikeout of Getz and Escobar, Roberston has whiffed 14 of the 34 hitters (41%) he’s faced. In non-bases-loaded situations, Robertson has struck out 28% of the hitters he’s faced.
Chamberlain, who called Robertson the “Houdini” of the Yankees’ pen, pitched a scoreless before handing the ball to Mariano Rivera in the ninth. Rivera turned a 1-4-3 double play to end the game, earning his 13th save. This is the earliest Rivera has notched No. 13.
WHAT A TRIP: Brett Gardner hit his 17th career triple in the third inning. Gardner is just the second Yankee since 1961 to collect at least 17 triples in his first four seasons…. Curtis Granderson is tied with Jose Bautista and Alfonso Soriano atop the league in home runs with 11. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this is the latest in the season a Yankees outfielder has led the league in homers since Dave Winfield in 1988 …. The Yanks improved to 37-8 at home against Kansas City since 2000.