Sunday, June 27, 2010

Burnett's Disastrous Month Continues, Yanks Fall 9-4

(A.J. takes out his frustrations on a bucket of gum.)

N.Y. Yankees301000000481
L.A. Dodgers «20320020x9111
WP: H. Kuroda (7-5) LP: A. Burnett (6-7)

Congratulations A.J., you just had the worst month in Yankees history. His 11.35 ERA this June was the worst in by any Yankees pitcher with at least five starts in a month. Honestly, I may just stop watching games he starts until he gets back on track, because it's becoming a frustrating waste of time.

Last night, he was handed a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound, thanks to a first-inning three-run homer by Mark Teixeira. But it didn't take too long for Burnett to begin giving those runs back. Two of the first three batters he faced singled, Manny Ramirez was next and drove in a run with a ground-rule double, and then James Loney drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

Both teams went down scoreless in the second, and then the Yankees extended their lead back up to two with a run in the third. That would be the last lead of the game for the Yankees, because Burnett, who had a decent second inning, completely fell apart.

Here's the first five batters of the bottom of the third: 5-pitch walk, single, 5-pitch walk, single, 5-pitch walk. He finally recorded an out, actually two, when Russel Martin grounded into a double play, but the lead run would score on the play and it was 5-4 Dodgers.

The Yankees had a chanced to score in the next inning, when they got two on with one out. Nick Swisher reached when Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a wild pitch on a swinging strike three, and Brett Gardner singled a couple batters later to put men on the corners with the pitcher's spot coming up.

Burnett had already given up five runs so I figured Girardi would hand this one over to the pen, even after just three, and bring up a pinch hitter. Well, he didn't, Burnett bunted Gardner over to second, and Derek Jeter struck out to end the inning, and worst of all, Burnett was coming out for the fourth.

Burnett allowed the first two batters to reach; Furcal on a bunt single and Kemp on a walk, and that would be the end of his day. So by trying to get an extra inning or two out of Burnett not only led to giving away a free out with runners on the corners, but it meant that Boone Logan now has to come in the game in the fourth, but instead of nobody on, they're are now two on with nobody out. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's easier for a pitcher to come out of the pen to start an inning rather than in the middle of a rally.

Logan not only allowed both of the inherited runners to score, but one of his own and the Dodgers extended their lead to 7-4.

Those two runners made it six runs allowed on six hits and six walks for Burnett in just 3+ innings. He could barely find the plate at times, throwing just 38 of his 79 pitches for strikes. He also threw first-pitch strikes to just eight of the 20 batters he faced. He's a complete mess right now, and with tonight's performance dropped his record to 6-7, and brought his ERA up to 5.25.

Besides Teixeira's homer, the Yankees didn't do much with the bat. They had chances throughout the night to get back in it, but went just 2-for-12 with RISP and left 10 men on base.

The Dodgers put the game away with two runs off Chan Ho Park. Park's ERA is now at 7.04 and is looking like a bigger mistake with each outing.

9-4 would be the final and the Yankees would also give a game back to Boston and Tampa, who both won on Saturday.

Not too many positives tonight.... Tex, David Robertson threw a scoreless inning, and Gardner picked up two more hits to raise his average to .321. But yea, overall it was a pretty crappy night.

Moving on to tonight's game we've got a very good matchup of two lefties, as Andy Pettitte faces Clayton Kershaw. It's an ESPN game so game time is set for 8:00 p.m.

Derek Jeter, SS4210136.280
Curtis Granderson, CF2110110.243
a- Jorge Posada, PH1000002.276
Chan Ho Park, P0000000.000
David Robertson, P0000000.000
b- Ramiro Pena, PH1000010.185
Mark Teixeira, 1B5113001.230
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4011110.283
Robinson Cano, 2B5010012.359
Nick Swisher, RF4010012.293
Francisco Cervelli, C4000001.279
Brett Gardner, LF-CF3020100.321
A.J. Burnett, P1000011.000
Boone Logan, P0000000.000
c- Colin Curtis, PH-LF0000100.500
d- Chad Huffman, PH-LF1000002.125

a-flied out for Granderson in the 6th
b-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
c-walked for Logan in the 6th
d-lined out for Curtis in the 8th
2B - Nick Swisher (15, Weaver)
HR - Mark Teixeira (13, 1st inning off Kuroda 2 on, 0 Out)
SH - A.J. Burnett (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (48), Alex Rodriguez (52)
SB - Derek Jeter (8, 3rd base off Kuroda/Martin)
RISP: 2-12 (Derek Jeter 0-3, Mark Teixeira 1-2, Francisco Cervelli 0-1, Brett Gardner 1-1, Alex Rodriguez 0-1, Jorge Posada 0-1, Chad Huffman 0-1, Nick Swisher 0-1, Robinson Cano 0-1)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
DP - Jeter-Teixeira
E - Nick Swisher (2, Throwing)

A.J. Burnett (L,6-7)36666505.25
Boone Logan22112204.24
Chan Ho Park23221007.04
David Robertson10001105.18
IBB - DeWitt by A.J. Burnett, Martin by Boone Logan
WP - A.J. Burnett (6)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 79-38, Boone Logan 38-21, Chan Ho Park 30-17, David Robertson 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 2-1, Boone Logan 1-2, Chan Ho Park 4-2, David Robertson 1-1
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: A.J. Burnett 8/20; Boone Logan 4/9; Chan Ho Park 4/10; David Robertson 3/4

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Rafael Furcal (3-for-5, RBI, 3 R, SB)
HONORABLE MENTION: James Loney (2-for-4, 4 RBI)
GOAT OF THE GAME: A.J. Burnett -- Soon, I may have to rename this the A.J. Burnett award.

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