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Monday, May 27, 2013
D-Rob: 'I did a terrible job'

By Andrew Marchand

Yankees reliever David Robertson unleashed his inner Bill Walton in assessing his first loss of the season.

"I did a terrible job out there," Robertson said after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth in the Subway Series opener, a 2-1 Yankees loss. "I didn't have any command of anything. That was pretty much the downfall there. I couldn't throw a fastball where I wanted to. I kept falling behind the count and when you make mistakes like that against good teams, they make you pay for it."

David Robertson
David Robertson allowed two hits, a walk and a run in two-thirds of an inning on Monday night.
The Mets (19-29) are really no one's idea of a good team, but you get where Robertson was coming from.

After Robertson struck out Ike Davis, Mike Baxter doubled. Robertson then walked pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin. Against Ruben Tejada, Yankees catcher Chris Stewart inexplicably gave up a passed ball to put runners on second and third.

"I've caught that same pitch a thousand times," Stewart said.

Still, Robertson forced Tejada to ground to second baseman Robinson Cano, who threw to home to prevent the go-ahead run from scoring. It appeared that Robertson might live up to his Houdini moniker once again. But Robertson fell behind Daniel Murphy 3-1, and Murphy drove a single to center for what would be the game winner.

"I threw a handful of good pitches, but I threw a lot of bad pitches," Robertson said.

It was Robertson's first loss of the season, and his ERA rose to 3.00.

"It just shows you Robbie is not going to be able to do it 100 percent of the time," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He has been so good for us. It is just one of those nights."