Now that's more like it.
A.J. Burnett rebounded from a weak outing on Tuesday at Boston, when he pitched seven impressive innings of four hit ball against the Mets, striking out 8 and, and surrendering 4 walks, earning a win.
Throughout the season, he made all Yankee fans' heart pressure rise by walking a plethora of batters, and it usually came back to haunt the Yanks, but not today.
In the third inning, with no outs in the inning, he loaded up the bases for SS Alex Cora, replacing Jose Reyes who injured his calf in May. Burnett was on the verge of walking Cora, before striking him out while Cora was checking his swing. Up next was Fernando Martinez, who struck out swinging, and finally Carlos Beltran hit a liner to Jeter.
The third inning was important, because the Yankees were then leading 4-0 heading to it, when A.J. loaded the bases with Mets, Yankee fans' hearts here beating really hard, and A.J. had been bad in these types of situations. But when he got out of the inning, the Yankees never looked back, and the Yankees put up a 9 spot in the fourth, ultimately putting the game out of reach.
As for the Mets, Johan Santana had a nightmare outing, abdicating nine earned runs, a career high, in three innings pitched. Go figure that the Yankees had difficulty producing runs off Fernando Nieve, who before Saturday, hasn't started since 2006.
The next game the Yankees play is against the sorry Washington Nationals, CC Sabathia, LHP (5-4, 3.68) gets the start for the Yankees against Shairon Martis, RHP (5-1, 5.04).
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