Robertson bounces back from first blown save
CHICAGO -- David Robertson flung his arms up in frustration after leaving a pitch over the heart of the plate to Adam Dunn in the ninth inning on Friday, and the Yankees' closer immediately wanted the ball back, ready to turn the page to his next outing.
Robertson only had to wait a few hours. He was back on the mound at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday afternoon, bouncing back from his first blown save of the season by locking down the 10th inning in New York's 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
"Definitely, I wanted to do good," Robertson said. "I wanted to get us a win and seal the deal. I was able to get it done."
Having a short memory is a necessity for a closer, and Robertson -- who has converted 10 of 11 save opportunities this season -- had a front-row seat to watch one of the best. He often marveled at how Mariano Rivera seemed to be the same person, win or lose, and considers that a perfect model to emulate.
"He was the same guy every day," Robertson said. "He could blow two or three in a row and you wouldn't notice a difference. He knows he's going to get the opportunity to go out there and redeem himself, so he would just focus on what he had to do the next time."
Robertson struck out three batters in the 10th inning on Saturday, working around a two-out Adam Eaton single. He froze Gordon Beckham on a called third strike to end the game.
"I've been a reliever pretty much my whole career, even in college," Robertson said. "You have bad games there, too. You definitely want to get back out there and do good, you want to perform well always. Sometimes the game gets you, but you have to overcome that when you have bad games and be ready to pitch."