You can blame a lot of things on AJ Burnett, but not this loss.
He wasn’t great but he did enough to win. AJ (8-9) lasted a season-high-tying eight innings and fanned a season-high 10 batters to go with just five hits (albeit all five were extra-base hits including two homers), four earned runs, two walks and a HBP…and got the loss.
This L falls on the offense. Through the first seven innings the Yanks had seven base runners, three of which were Posada. That just isn’t going to cut it against Jeremy frickin’ Guthrie. Plus they were 1-for-9 with RISP and left eight men on. Not cool.
The team did rally in the ninth but fell just short. For what it’s worth, the 3-1 strike call in the final at-bat to Gardner was questionable.
Oh well, at least the Red Sox lost too. Plus, AJ went long enough where it didn’t kill the bullpen for tomorrow’s doubleheader. It’s Cy Colon in the first game and SuperNova in the latter.