We’d seen this before. The offense not able to score. The bullpen trying to hold on to a slim lead. With the tying run on second base and one out in the 9th, David Robertson kicked a ground ball that was headed to center field. It looked to be a sure base hit. The game was going to be tied. But the ball knocked off Robertson’s foot and shot over toward first base. Mark Teixeira took a great angle to it and fielded it cleanly. Robertson sprinted to first and Tex flipped the ball to his pitcher for the second out. It was one of those plays that usually never turn out well for the fielding team. This time it did. Robertson struck out the next hitter and the Yanks had a 2-1 win.
Six strong from Tanaka. He wasn’t dominant. The A’s battled him with some long at bats. But Tanaka was good enough. Betances in the 7th, Warren in the 8th, and then Robertson in the 9th.
With a little bit of luck.
[Picture by Bags]