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Monday, August 12, 2013
Robertson follows in line of great escapes

By Mark Simon

Chris Nelson is the latest in a long line of opposing hitters who have failed in that situation, not just against David Robertson, but against Yankees pitchers in potential game-winning scenarios.

Nelson wasn't just the 25th straight hitter to make an out against Robertson with the bases loaded (and 18th to strike out). He's also the eighth in a row to make an out against a Yankees pitcher when batting with his team down a run and the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth inning or later.

The full list is in the chart on the right.

There's no shame in being a member of that club. It's one that includes the likes of David Ortiz and Albert Pujols, who did so earlier this season. Nelson was the second of those eight to work the count to 3-2, joining Rocco Baldelli of the 2004 Rays (then-Devil Rays).

Six of the eight outs in those situations were recorded by Mariano Rivera. The two that weren't are Nelson and Asdrubal Cabrera, whom Rafael Soriano got to fly out to end a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians last June 27.

It was a first time for Robertson. Elias notes that his streak of 25 straight batters retired with the bases loaded is the longest of its kind since Jeff Brantley set down 30 in a row from 1989 to 1991.