Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dbacks Embarrass Burnett, Hammer Yanks 10-4

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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WP: R. Lopez (3-6) LP: A. Burnett (6-6)

That one wasn't worth watching, and for the most part, I didn't. At least not after A.J. Burnett's terrible outing. The first two outs went pretty well, when he retire Kelly Johnson and Stephen Drew. But that would be the end of Burnett's successes on the night as things quickly fell apart. Justin Upton made it 1-0 with a solo homer. Then, following two singles by Miguel Montero and Chris Young, Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer. Mark Reynolds was next, and he went deep to make it 5-zip. He would then give up individual runs in the second and fourth as the Dbacks built up a 7-1 lead.

Whether it was a hanging curve or a straight fastball, many of his pitches last night were set on a tee for the Dbacks hitters and most of the time they didn't miss. He was done after four, allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks. Remember, the Dbacks are a last place team. That makes it four bad starts in a row and he's now 6-6 with a very pedestrian 4.83 ERA on the year.

Here's what Burnett had to say about his outing:
“I don’t feel like myself,” he said. “I’m not having fun right now. Who would during a stretch like this? The game’s supposed to be fun, and to come out and take the air out of your team right away for a handful of starts, it’s quite frustrating.”
It's frustrating to watch too, which is why this was about the time that I started flicking through the channels. By the time I got back to the game, it was the eighth and Chan Ho Park was about to give up a three-run homer to Upton, his second big fly of the game.

You can't really blame the offense too much for its performance tonight. It's never easy when you're down 5-0 after one. However, the Yankees should have done a little more off Rodrigo Lopez than three runs on eight hits over eight. As a team they went 1-for-8 with RISP and left eight men on base.

Brett Gardner was one of the few Yankees who had a good game. He went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Nick Swisher also had a nice night, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada also drove in runs on the night.

Time to turn the page on this crapfest and move on to game two tomorrow. Andy Pettitte will start for the Yanks, with Dan Haren going for Arizona. First pitch is set for 10:10 p.m. and the game will be on YES.

Derek Jeter, SS3000202.280
Nick Swisher, RF4022002.296
Mark Teixeira, 1B5110004.225
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4111000.276
Robinson Cano, 2B4010011.365
Jorge Posada, C2001101.287
Curtis Granderson, CF4000012.234
Brett Gardner, LF4240000.324
A.J. Burnett, P0000000.000
a- Colin Curtis, PH1000001.000
Chad Gaudin, P0000000.000
b- Chad Huffman, PH1000001.143
Chan Ho Park, P0000000.000
c- Francisco Cervelli, PH1000001.290

a-flied out for Burnett in the 5th
b-flied out for Gaudin in the 7th
c-flied out for Park in the 9th
2B - Alex Rodriguez (17, Lopez)
3B - Nick Swisher (3, Lopez)
SF - Nick Swisher (2), Jorge Posada (1)
SH - A.J. Burnett (1)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (44), Alex Rodriguez (45), Jorge Posada (25)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (22)
SB - Brett Gardner (23, 2nd base off Lopez/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira

A.J. Burnett (L,6-6)49772434.83
Chad Gaudin21001106.89
Chan Ho Park23330316.86
HBP - Upton (by Chad Gaudin)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 91-50, Chad Gaudin 30-20, Chan Ho Park 36-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-4, Chad Gaudin 3-1, Chan Ho Park 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 23, Chad Gaudin 8, Chan Ho Park 9

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Justin Upton (3-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, BB SB)
HONORABLE MENTION: Rodrigo Lopez (WP 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K)

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