Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Burnett Stinks Up Fenway Again

The Yankees paid A.J. Burnett a small fortune to pitch for them for five seasons. If Burnett is going to succeed/survive, he had better start pitching better in Fenway Park.

Burnett was awful in his second visit to Boston this season. Tonight's game was a rematch of the April 25 contest in which Burnett also squared off with Josh Beckett. One big difference between now and then- Beckett has been lights out of late. Back in April the Yankees knocked him around the park. But Burnett and the Yankees' bullpen was treated far worse.

Burnett had no command from the start and finished with five walks in just 2+ innings. David Ortiz, mired in a season long slump, belted a mammoth 2-run shot to center field to set the tone in the 2nd inning.

A big error by Alex Rodriguez later in the 2nd helped extend the lead to 4-0. Burnett was gone by the 3rd, and the Red Sox tacked on runs against Brett Tomko and Jose Veras.

Beckett limited the Yankees to just one hit a single by Robinson Cano in the 4th, over 6 innings. He struck out eight in picking up his 7th win of the year. Brett Gardner provided the only other hit for the Yankees on the night and that didn't come until the 8th inning.

The Yankees try to get off the schneid tomorrow night with Chien-Ming Wang facing Tim Wakefield. Hopefully the game won't be as aggravating as tonight's was.

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