Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Given 13 runs, A.J. can't get the win
Well, at least A.J. Burnett pitched to contact, and plenty of it.
The Yankees nominal No. 2 starter, who lost a tough one last time out to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2, despite pitching eight strong innings, tonight couldn't last five innings despite having a 13-1 lead after three.
Burnett allowed five runs in the fourth inning, three of them on a HR by Carlos Quentin, and two more in the fifth before Joe Girardi lifted him for Cory Wade with one out and runners on second and third.
Wade retired the next two batters to stop the bleeding.
Regardless of the outcome of this game, Burnett, who has never won a game in August for the Yankees, keeps that record alive, working 4-1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and striking out three.