CLEVELAND — Joe Girardi didn’t ask David Robertson to go three ²/₃ innings like he did within the wild-card win over the Twins final Tuesday, however the proper-hander’s efficiency within the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Indians in Recreation 5 of the ALDS was fairly shut.
This time, Robertson got here within the backside of the fifth to take over for CC Sabathia, who faltered shortly within the fifth after 4 dominant innings.
And as soon as once more, Robertson delivered.
Requested to guard a one-run lead with one out and two runners on, Robertson received the damaging Francisco Lindor to hit into an inning-ending double play to maintain the Yankees forward.
He then retired the aspect so as within the sixth, getting Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez on groundouts earlier than Edwin Encarnacion flied to middle.
And together with his religion in Dellin Betances clearly eroded, Girardi tasked Robertson to return out for the seventh, with Monday’s Recreation four hero, Tommy Kahnle, stirring within the bullpen.
Robertson was robust once more, fanning Carlos Santana and Austin Jackson earlier than strolling Jay Bruce — who had homered off Robertson to tie Recreation 2, which the Indians gained in thirteen innings.
He adopted the stroll to Bruce by getting Roberto Perez on a sluggish grounder again to the mound.
The two ²/₃ inning outing allowed Girardi to go straight to Aroldis Chapman to start out the underside of the eighth, avoiding Betances, in addition to Chad Inexperienced, who hasn’t pitched since giving up the grand slam to Lindor that acquired the Indians again into Recreation 2.
What had been an incredible power of the Yankees has been considerably depleted by the ineffectiveness of Betances, in addition to the heavy workload of Robertson, Inexperienced, Kahnle and Chapman.
However Robertson confirmed a capability to bounce again on Wednesday to assist the Yankees advance to the ALCS for the primary time since 2012, the place they’ll face the Astros.
What sort of bullpen Girardi is working with at that time stays to be seen, however Robertson is a serious purpose they’ll be there.