NEW YORK -- David Robertson began his Friday early by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. He ended his day by making some Yankees history.
In the top of the ninth, preserving a 3-3 game, Robertson struck out White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers on a full count, collecting his 500th career strikeout. He ended the inning with his 501st, getting Alejandro De Aza to whiff on a knuckle curve.
He recorded the milestone strikeout in just 376 2/3 innings, surpassing David Cone (486 1/3) to become the fastest player-- in terms of innings-- to reach 500 strikeouts as a Yankee.
"It's a great honor to be the fastest Yankee, but I'd rather keep winning ballgames than worry about that," said Robertson, who snapped a career-high-tying four appearance stretch without a strikeout.
"I hadn't really thought much about it," he said. "Obviously, I really don't think about strikeouts that much as far as numbers-wise. I think about strikeouts in situations."
Martin Prado's game-winning single in the bottom of the inning made him the game's winner, an added gift to his perfect frame.
"Definitely a big win, we needed it," said Robertson, who woke up at 7 a.m. to head to Wall Street. "It was eye-opening that's for sure. I'm definitely going to get a lot of sleep tonight."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less