No, David Robertson said, getting over his failure tonight isn't easier given how well he's pitched recently. Jose Bautista's home run was the first run Robertson's allowed since July 2, a streak of 19 straight games.
"It doesn’t make it easier," Robertson said. "I don’t want to cause us to lose a ballgame no matter what. If we would have won this game I would have been fine with it but it didn’t turn out that way."
The pitch, an 0-and-1 fastball, was supposed to be away, Robertson said.
"The pitch just sort of ran in there," he said. "Ended up middle in and he just hit it hard."
Bautista did that to Ivan Nova's 2-and-1 slider in the third for a two-run homer that made it 2-1. Of course, the big story of the night -- or the most discussed one -- was what happened in Bautista's next at-bat, in the sixth.
Bautista watched Nova's second pitch of the inning sail well over Francisco Cervelli’s head and he began barking at Nova. Plate umpire Jerry Meals, whose awful work behind the plate (he called Curtis Granderson out on a ball not even Eric Gregg would have called a strike in the '97 postseason) had players from both sides upset, warned the benches.
Bautista kept screaming at Nova, who, with arms outstretched yelled back and when Bautista took several steps toward the mound, the benches emptied.
“It wasn’t on purpose,” Nova said of his message to the hitter. “I have to pitch, I pitch inside so I can get a lot of outs. That wasn’t on purpose.”
Joe Girardi liked how Nova handled everything.
“I don’t want any of our pitchers to back down,” Girardi said. “You go at hitters and you make hitters uncomfortable. People have been doing this for years. That’s baseball.”
Mark Teixeira was perplexed by Bautista’s reaction.
“It wasn’t in, it was a ball right down the middle to the backstop, so I don’t know what that was all about,” Teixeira said.
Bautista also took his time rounding the bases, punctuating the trip with several fist pumps.
"It’s not going to change the result so I don’t get too caught up in that," Girardi said of Bautista's reaction.
And with that, back tomorrow night as it's Dustin Moseley (3-2, 4.76) against Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 4.76).