Quick Hit: Bullpen B-Team Gets It Done

The 9th inning home run dramatics will get the headlines this morning, but the key to the Yankee comeback last night was the stellar relief work by their bullpen.  Dellin Betances and David Robertson each gave Joe a couple of big innings to keep the team in the game after Capuano exited and set up the walk-off homer. Oh wait, no they didn't.  They were apparently unavailable due to each of them pitching once since last Sunday and so Joe elected to guy with his lower-tier guys.  With team team's postseason heartbeat potentially on the line, Joe put it in the hands of Josh Outman, Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Shawn Kelley, and Adam Warren.  And they got it done.

4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  If you saw that line coming from that group, you're a smarter person than I.  Hill finally did what he was brought here to do and struck out David Ortiz in the 5th after Ortiz had taken Capuano yard twice.  Esmil Rogers got a couple of the big righty bats out and got the game into the 7th.  Outman got an out.  Kelley was superb in his 1.1 innings.  Fastball was humming in the mid-90s and his slider was really sharp.  And Warren got 3 pressure outs after hitting the leadoff man and flubbing a sac bunt attempt in the 9th.  He's given up 1 ER on 2 H and 1 BB in 8 IP with 7 K in his last 7 appearances.  Each guy contributed in some way, nobody dropped the ball.

They haven't all been reliable when they've been called on before, but each of these guys stepped up last night when they had to.  They deserve every bit the credit, if not a smidge more than Teix and Headley, for the win.