Robertson falling behind hitters

Robertson falling behind hitters

NEW YORK -- Although Javier Vazquez drew the vitriol of the crowd on Saturday, it was reliever David Robertson who ended up with the loss.

After the Yankees had come all the way back from a 5-1 deficit to take the lead on Nick Swisher's two-run homer in the sixth, Robertson helped give the lead right back to the White Sox in the seventh, allowing two runs while recording only two outs. He surrendered a one-out double to the red-hot Paul Konerko before intentionally walking Carlos Quentin (after falling behind 2-0) and giving way to Damaso Marte, who promptly yielded A.J. Pierzynski's go-ahead two-run double.

The tough outing continued an unimpressive start to the 2010 campaign for one of the Yankees' breakout stars last postseason. Robertson has given up eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings this season, good for an ERA of 12.71.

"I'm falling behind every hitter," Robertson said. "I've got to get ahead with fastballs and get strike one. When you're ahead in the count, it's a lot easier to pitch."

It's a far cry from where Robertson was last October, when he was arguably the Bombers' most reliable reliever not named Mariano. He didn't allow a run in 5 1/3 postseason innings, picking up two victories along the way.

"[Robertson] is not where he was at the end of last year, but he's a lot further ahead than he was at the beginning of last year," manager Joe Girardi said. "His location has not been as sharp. He'll get it going. He's not a real big concern of mine. We've all seen what he can do, and he has not been quite at that level."