The big-name Phillies free agent is living up to his $330 million.
The smaller-name former Yankee is struggling.
Through three appearances, David Robertson has been dreadful for Philadelphia, allowing at least a run in each game and blowing Wednesday’s faceoff with the formerly Bryce Harper Nationals.
The former Yankees reliever forced home the game-ending run with a ninth-inning walk to Jake Noll, a rookie without a hit in his two previous major league at-bats, as the Nats beat the previously unbeaten Phillies 9-8 in Washington.
“I don’t know,” Robertson told reporters afterward, asked about his Phillies start. “I’ve been sucking out there, that’s for sure.”
Noll was a non-roster invitee to spring training who might be headed to the minors on Thursday, when utilityman Howie Kendrick is expected to come off the 10-day injured list.
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Robertson (0-1), who signed a $23 million, two-year contract, entered for the ninth and failed to record an out. He gave up a leadoff single to Anthony Rendon, then walked three batters in a row.
In the 33-year-old’s two previous appearances, he did not do enough damage to hurt. He let up two runs, on two hits and a walk, on Saturday in an 8-6 win over Atlanta. He pitched in garbage time last Thursday, still allowing a run in a 10-4 win over those Braves.
Wednesday, Robertson’s blow-up was a fitting ending to a topsy-turvy game. Washington fell behind 2-0, went ahead 6-2 thanks to a trio of homers off Aaron Nola, then trailed 8-6 after giving up four runs in the eighth, only to tie the score in the bottom half.
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle (2-0) worked the ninth for the win.
Philadelphia fell to 4-1 — it had been the last team in the majors without a loss — while NL East rival Washington improved to 2-3.
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