MINNEAPOLIS -- When David Robertson struck out the Twins' Jim Thome to end the seventh inning, it easily ranked as the Yankees' biggest out of the game to that point.
"I felt like if I make a mistake to him he would put a good swing on him and do some serious damage," Robertson said.
The Yankees had just grabbed a 6-4 lead in the top of the inning, and Boone Logan recorded the first two outs before giving up a single to Joe Mauer.
Joe Girardi, playing the matchup game he loves so much, then went to the bullpen and brought in Robertson to face Delmon Young.
But Robertson walked him, putting the potential tying runs on base.
"I didn't really want to walk Delmon there," he said. "I just couldn't find the strike zone for a little bit. Had to bear down and get Thome."
On paper it certainly didn't look like a good matchup for the Yankees. With 589 career home runs, Thome is easily capable of changing the game with one swing.
"I got ahead of him and threw a breaking ball down and he went for it," Robertson said. "Luckily got the strikeout there ... Big confidence booster."