Cory Wade's week started off on a sour note, as the New York Yankees reliver gave up Mark Trumbo's walk-off home run in Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
But Wade, who started his big-league career four years ago up the freeway with the Los Angeles Dodgers, got a chance to redeem himself before leaving Southern California.
With the Yankees clinging to a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi called on Wade to face Howie Kendrick with runners at the corners.
Wade fell behind 3-0, but he battled back with a pair of called strikes before Kendrick fouled off three straight pitches, the first two on curveballs.
After watching Kendrick foul off an 89 mph sinker, Wade came back with another curveball, getting Kendrick to swing through the 74 mph pitch for the third out.
"That's a huge run in the game," Wade said. "It's kind of a pivotal point. I was just trying to get strikes. I wanted to get him out as fast as I could. I battled back in the count and was able to get him out."
Wade has been thrust into a bigger role in the bullpen since the Yankees lost Mariano Rivera for the season and David Robertson for the immediate future. Wade and Boone Logan have become Girardi's go-to-guys to set up closer Rafael Soriano, and despite Monday's hiccup, Wade has responded nicely, posting a 2.35 ERA in 21 appearances this season.
"It's been huge; being in the situation of guys getting hurt, I'm just ready anytime," Wade said. "It doesn't matter when I pitch. Getting outs is getting outs, whether it's the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, it doesn't matter. My job is to get outs, and that's the whole job of the bullpen."