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Robertson picks up a birthday win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the Yankees bullpen, Dave Robertson is kind of the fourth musketeer. He’s not the closer, he’s not the setup man, and he’s not Joba Chamberlain. That leaves him decidedly hidden in the shadows of bigger names and bolder personalities.

“I like where I’m at,” Robertson said. “I kind of slide under the radar. Just leave me there.”

On his 26th birthday, Robertson got a much deserved win this afternoon in Boston. He faced just five batters, but he retired every one of them, slamming the door shut when the Red Sox seemed to be rallying.

Ivan Nova was showing signs of cracking, then Robertson, Chamberlain and Luis Ayala became a solid wall, stopping Boston’s momentum and letting it shift decidedly in the Yankees favor.

“I thought Robby did,” Joe Girardi said of the momentum shift. “When he came in and he shut them down, then we got a couple of more runs and built our lead back up. Then Joba shuts them down, and we get another run. We kept adding on, which was important.”

Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano came into the season with clearly defined eighth- and ninth-inning roles, and Chamberlain has taken over the seventh. Boone Logan is the lefty, Bartolo Colon is the long man and Ayala is handling mop-up duty. That leaves Robertson.

He seems to be a kind of fire extinguisher. He’s the guy who gets ready in the middle of an inning, asked to settle a problem before it becomes a four-alarm disaster. That’s what he did today, stranding two runners in the fifth inning and setting the tone for a shutdown performance from the relievers who followed.

“It seems like that’s been my situation over the past year and a half,” Robertson said. “Since 2009 and 2010 that’s kind of where I’ve come in. I wouldn’t say I’ve gotten used to it, but I’m prepared to go into it.”

 
 

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83 Responses to “Robertson picks up a birthday win”

  1. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Birthday. Awesome performance to put out the fire and keep the Yankees ahead.

  2. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Nice job, Dave and happy birthday!

  3. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    montero with a solo blast into the left center bullpen

  4. blake April 9th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Montero getting the bat going early this year.

  5. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    GB,

    Thanks for the updates.

  6. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Anytime, Fran. Tampa and Charleston will be starting shortly

  7. NYY fan in NH April 9th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Great win today!! Happy Birthday Mr. Robertson. Todays win kept the Sox fans off my back after yesterdays debacle.

  8. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    The whole BP looked great today but Joba was
    spectacular.

    Can’t remember the last time I have seen him look that sharp.

  9. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Tampa and Charleston will be starting shortly
    ***********
    GB,

    So double duty tonight.

  10. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Baseball season is officially here now, as GB is doing his Farm games…..

  11. JoeyA April 9th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    GB,

    Who shows his face in MLB first, Banuelos or Montero?

  12. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    For the Tampa Yanks, Josh Romanski is perfect through 3 innings, 1 strikeout. no scored

  13. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    Tampa and Charleston will be starting shortly
    ***********
    GB,

    So double duty tonight.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I’ll try, at least until TY shows up with her observations. Still have a couple of Scranton innings to go, Scranton leads 6-5. homers by Parraz, Pena, Golson and Montero.

  14. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    TY is losing in the 4th inning, 1-0 Romanski gave up the first hit, a home run. Lyerly already almost botched another throw to first. TY has 3 hits but nothing to show for it.

    Fran

    I updated the blog

  15. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    GB,

    Whatever updates you and Tyanks give are appreciated.

    *********************
    Tyanks,

    Going to check your blog out now.

  16. hardwired7 April 9th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    the next five pitchers the Red Sox face:

    CC Sabathia
    Jeremy Hellickson
    David Price
    James Shield
    Brett Cecil

    good luck w/that.

  17. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    GB

    You can take the game. I’m entertaining my cousins. It could be a long night, my cousin asked me what a ball was.

  18. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Bottom of the 8th inning in Scranton will be tough to watch with “Kitty” Carlyle pitching

  19. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks, TY.

  20. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Almost. Montero hit one to left, about 2 steps onto the warning track. Hit it too high. 3-5 with a homer an RBI and 2 runs scored

  21. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Sorry, Montero with 1 run scored

  22. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Vazquez looks bad today. 5 at bats, an RBI single and 4 strikeouts against 4 different pitchers

  23. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    tyanks,

    Great job. You and Manny make such a cute couple :)

  24. RadioKev April 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    What a bizarre role to have in the bull pen. I do love Robertson. Maybe I’ll get a t-shirt.

  25. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    GB,

    Kitty Carlyle. Now there’s a name from the past :)

  26. Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Since I missed the game I wanted to browse through the comments. Wow the trolls on here are so pathetic! What kind of existence is it to spend 4 hours of your time making moronic comments to your opposing fan base??? I see years of therapy in your futures.

    I dedicate this prediction from early this morning to the trolls:

    Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Look for the bats to take it to Buch today, he’s been getting pounded himself going back to ST and in Texas.

  27. kd April 9th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    prediction time: cc dominates the sox tomorrow. the yankees leave boston with their fans more in panic than when they were 0-6.

    1-8 is a good look for them

  28. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Walter Ibbarra tied up the Tampa yanks game at 1-1 with an RBI single. Romanski through 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run (solo homer), 0 walks, 1 strikeout

  29. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    GB

    If I’m correct I think Lyerly has struck out 3 times today. The TY has been racking up the Ks. 5 hits and no runs. Abe Almonte has been good with both the bat and glove.

  30. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    GB,

    Kitty Carlyle. Now there’s a name from the past

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I thought those that knew the name would appreciate that, Fran

  31. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Look for the bats to take it to Buch today, he’s been getting pounded himself going back to ST and in Texas.

    ———-

    Good call, Mike.

    Even better dedication.

  32. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    TY-

    I visited your blog but could not figure out where you put that photo of you and Manny ?

    It is very well done. Great job.

  33. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Fran

    He’s got a girlfriend already. Bummer.

  34. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Now pitching for Scranton is Kevin Whelan “Jennings”. Bottom of the 9th inning, 6-5 Scranton, 1 out

  35. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    GreenBeret7 says:
    April 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    GB,

    Kitty Carlyle. Now there’s a name from the past

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I thought those that knew the name would appreciate that, Fran

    ———

    Let’s see you figure out a way to get Dorothy Kilgallen into the conversation.

  36. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I thought those that knew the name would appreciate that, Fran
    *****************
    GB,

    To Tell the Truth, I appreciated it.

  37. mick April 9th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    # 108 stitches April 9th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    No word if the plumbing in the visitor’s clubhouse is still out of order at Jurassic Park so the Yankees could take showers rather than wait until they’re back at the hotel.
    ======================================================
    Hope they cut our water supply again so we can kick their asses again tomorrow.

  38. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    MTU

    Its down a post. I updated the old one instead of making a new one.

  39. mick April 9th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I go with Bennett Cerf.

  40. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    He’s got a girlfriend already. Bummer.
    *****************
    tyanks,

    Too bad. I thought you make such a cute couple.

  41. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Scranton would have been better off using Waylon Jennings. Whelan gives up a 2 strike solo homer to tie the game.

  42. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’ll go with guest panelist, the great sports announver Steve “Bill” Allen.

  43. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    I thought those that knew the name would appreciate that, Fran
    *****************
    GB,

    To Tell the Truth, I appreciated it.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Loved those corny old game shows

  44. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    TY-

    Just saw it. Great photo. thanks for sharing it.

    What a great opportunity. Posing with a future
    star.

    :)

  45. BD (Boston Dave) April 9th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Ramiro Pena with a nice hit, his 3rd…

    :)

  46. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Ramiro Pena is 3-5 with a homer and Scranton is still only tied

  47. Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Aldo, are you named after Lt. Aldo Raine?

  48. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    GB,

    Loved the old shows and loved watching the re-runs when GSN aired them in Black and White overnight.

  49. BD (Boston Dave) April 9th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Montero should get up this inning… for those of you with miLB.tv

    (barring a double play)

  50. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    MTU,

    Maybe we could get a birthday win tribute for Robertson :)

  51. BD (Boston Dave) April 9th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    oops, I was wrong

  52. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Mike_Boston says:
    April 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    Aldo, are you named after Lt. Aldo Raine?

    ———–

    Partly.

    I have a keen desire for collecting “certain” scalps, as the west coast whack job has learned

  53. Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    GB, does the regular mlb.com premium come with miLB.tv?

  54. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Infield in the TY game handled a pair of popups quite well, stranded the leadoff runner.

  55. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    If Russo doesn’t get it cranked up in the next week, he’s going to end up swapping places with Corbin Joseph in Trenton. Still no hits this season and about 6 strikeouts.

  56. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    GB, does the regular mlb.com premium come with miLB.tv?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Not sure, but, depends on the ad that you pull up. It was supposed to, but, I had to pay because I have automatic renewals.

  57. BD (Boston Dave) April 9th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Mike Boston,

    It’s $10 more for the season for MiLb if you buy MLB.tv

  58. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Fran-

    You wish is my command.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/ObservationPoint?authkey=Gv1sRgCIScwsSigr_3Sw#

    For Robertson’s win on his B’day.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  59. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Sir Lancelot Of Pendleton gets ‘em out in the 10th inning with just a single

  60. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Mark Prior on the bump for TY.

  61. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    edit: your

  62. BD (Boston Dave) April 9th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    heeeeeeeere’s Jesus!

  63. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Charleston leads 2-0 after 2 innings. DeLeon with a sac fly and Murphy with a solo homer

  64. randy l. April 9th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    ” I’m entertaining my cousins. It could be a long night, my cousin asked me what a ball was.”

    is you cousin named lgy or jerkface?

  65. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    MTU,

    Nice tribute for Robertson’s birthday win :)

    Thanks

  66. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    is you cousin named lgy or jerkface?
    ***************
    Randy,

    That was the funniest line I have read on here in a long time.

  67. MTU April 9th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Fran-

    My pleasure.

    Have a good evening.

    :)

  68. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    MTU

    I don’t know I should ask, she is 9 so it would explain a lot :)

  69. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Mark Prior got 2 flyouts and a strikeout. He worked around a silly 2 out error.

  70. randy l. April 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    “That was the funniest line I have read on here in a long time.”

    fastball down the middle :)

  71. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hope Prior is doing well – I’d love to see him in NY this season

  72. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Scott Allen just loaded the bases with 1 out. A hit and 2 walks and now Ronny Marte is in to replace him.

  73. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Marte gets a double play ball and the TY is out of that shaky inning still up 2-1 starting the top of the 9th.

  74. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the updates Tyanks

  75. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Tin Cup…..You’re on a comedic roll tonight….I also read your anger management response on the last thread, laughed my tail off…..

  76. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Lancelot Link gives up a 12th inning walkoff homer. Scranton loses 7-6

  77. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Murphy throws the call into center on a steal, then on a fly to medium center, Heathcott threw a one hop strike to Murphy to get the runner trying to score. 2 errors that inning scores a run. Charleston losing 3-2 after 5 innings

  78. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Muphy throws the ***Ball*** into center on a steal

  79. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    So were sitting in left field by 3rd base. My cousin just said she wanted more righties, I asked her if its cause she likes looking at their butts, she nearly fell out of her chair. I told her no worries I like looking at them too. How’s that for an update? Lol

    Lyerly finally got his first hit, a broken bat single. Murton struck out swinging. Taylor Grote struck out swinging. Zoilo Almonte struck out. Going to the bottom of the 9th now.

  80. GreenBeret7 April 9th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    So were sitting in left field by 3rd base. My cousin just said she wanted more righties, I asked her if its cause she likes looking at their butts, she nearly fell out of her chair. I told her no worries I like looking at them too. How’s that for an update? Lol

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Shame on you, TY. This is a family blog. LMAO

  81. Fran the original April 9th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    So were sitting in left field by 3rd base. My cousin just said she wanted more righties, I asked her if its cause she likes looking at their butts, she nearly fell out of her chair. I told her no worries I like looking at them too. How’s that for an update? Lol

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Shame on you, TY. This is a family blog. LMAO
    *********

    I don’t know GB. You do a good update job, but you don’t provide them like Tyanks :)

  82. randy l. April 9th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    pat m-

    when we get together for a beer sometime i’ll tell you the politically incorrect story of why i had to do the anger management . it involved a golf writer and him somehow tumbling head over heel down the elevated first tee after he poked his finger in my face.

  83. Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    There’s a hell of a college hockey final on espn right now FYI.


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