LADY AT THE BAT: Looking Back: The Rays Series (Houdini Edition)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Looking Back: The Rays Series (Houdini Edition)

Did you hear it? Did you hear that big sound last night, that collective sigh of relief? It came from Yankees Universe after the team's six game losing streak came to an end with a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and a split of the two-game set.

After losing the first game in such horrifying fashion and turning to young pitcher Ivan Nova to save them in the second game, I mentally prepared myself for another sweep. But Nova, coming off his worst start of the season, pitched well. Alex Rodriguez's two home-runs helped his cause, along with the pitching of a certain middle reliever by the name of David Robertson.

If you regularly watch Yankee games, you know why Robertson's nickname is Houdini. The guy comes in with runners in scoring position or with the bases loaded and gets the job done nearly every time. The game was truly on the line last night. With BJ Upton at the plate, it could have been a replay of the previous, horrifying night. Instead, Houdini found his way out of the jam and helped to make the Yankees losing streak disappear.

Can they start a winning streak tonight against Baltimore? If they do there is a good chance that David Robertson will be right there in the middle of it, once again.

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