There were a lot of storylines in last night’s Yankees victory. From Freddy Garcia and his five wild pitches to the Yankee hitters, once again, having issues with runners in scoring position but the biggest storyline from last night’s win in Baltimore was the Yankees bullpen’s performance.
The bullpen combined for 7.1 scoreless innings. They only gave up two hits, struck out 12 and walked two.
David Phelps had the most dominant performance within the bullpen. He had four strikeouts in 2.1 innings and was perfect, retiring all seven batters he faced. When he induced a pop up from the last batter he faced, Ken Singleton, calling the game on YES, voiced his disappointment in it not being a strikeout. Singleton was kidding, of course, but it was a pretty funny moment. Phelps put on quite a show last night.
Cory Wade also had a strong performance when the Yankees needed it. He pitched 2.1 innings as well, had four strikeouts, surrendered one walk and gave up only one hit.
David Robertson pitched an uneventful inning (for him), he struck out one and walked one. Clay Rapada, who picked up the win thanks to Raul Ibanez’s RBI single in the 12th, faced two batters and struck out one.
Mariano Rivera came into the game in the bottom of the 12th and had a 1-2-3 inning to secure the win for the Yankees. His inning of work included two strikeouts. Reports of demise were, as usual, premature.
The only one in the bullpen who had any trouble was Boone Logan who gave up a hit and didn’t retire the batter he was put in to face.
Now the Yankees are hoping CC Sabathia can rebound from his shaky Opening Day start and save the taxed bullpen tonight.
Hopefully, tomorrow’s installment of “About Last Night…” will be called “Saved By The Starter.” A girl can dream, can’t she?