A.J. Burnett Keeps New York Mets' In Check, Yanks Win 15-0

Rain ManCorrespondent IJune 14, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 14: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the New York Mets on June 14, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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.

Notes: Brian Bruney got to a heated exchange with K-Rod in the pregame warm-ups, as a result of Brian Bruney's comments toward K-Rod after he blew the save on Friday.

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).

Box Score via MLB.com.

Cora, SS4000023.258
Martinez, F, LF4000023.216
Beltran, CF3010013.344
  Tatis, 3B1000010.259
Wright, 3B3010021.364
  Valdez, 2B1010000.238
Church, RF4000023.270
Sheffield, DH3020110.270
Murphy, 1B2000214.238
Schneider, C4010004.205
Castillo, 2B1000100.279
  Reed, CF1000002.313

TB: Beltran; Wright; Valdez; Sheffield 2; Schneider.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltran 2; Schneider.
GIDP: Murphy; Reed.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

Outfield assists: Martinez, F (Damon at 2nd base), Beltran (Cabrera, M at 3rd base).
DP: (Cora).

Jeter, SS4242000.310
  Berroa, 3B1100001.125
Damon, LF4123123.284
Teixeira, 1B4010013.284
  Gardner, CF0000100.276
Rodriguez, A, 3B4100015.230
  Pena, 3B-SS1011000.254
Cano, 2B4233000.298
Swisher, RF-1B3200204.247
Matsui, DH3312211.257
Cabrera, M, CF-RF4122113.294
Cervelli, C5231001.298

2B: Cano 2 (15, Santana, Switzer), Cabrera, M 2 (9, Santana, Stokes), Damon (15, Stokes).
HR: Matsui (10, 4th inning off Santana, 1 on, 0 out), Cano (11, 4th inning off Stokes, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 4; Damon 3; Teixeira; Pena; Cano 8; Matsui 4; Cabrera, M 4; Cervelli 3.
RBI: Cervelli (6), Jeter 2 (30), Damon 3 (38), Matsui 2 (28), Cano 3 (39), Cabrera, M 2 (26), Pena (5).
2-out RBI: Cervelli; Jeter; Damon 2; Cano 2; Cabrera, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cabrera, M; Swisher; Berroa.
SF: Cano.
GIDP: Rodriguez, A.
Team RISP: 9-for-20.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Burnett (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Pena-Cano-Swisher).

Santana (L, 8-4)3.09992313.29
Burnett (W, 5-3)7.04004804.46
Hughes, P1.02000205.13

Santana pitched to 5 batters in the 4th.

WP: Burnett.
HBP: Berroa (by Switzer).
Pitches-strikes: Santana 82-48, Stokes 44-25, Switzer 36-19, Takahashi 23-12, Burnett 111-66, Robertson 12-9, Hughes, P 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Santana 1-4, Stokes 2-1, Switzer 2-2, Takahashi 2-2, Burnett 7-6, Robertson 0-1, Hughes, P 0-1.
Batters faced: Santana 19, Stokes 12, Switzer 9, Takahashi 6, Burnett 27, Robertson 3, Hughes, P 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Stokes 2-2, Takahashi 3-1.
EjectionsNew York Mets Manager Jerry Manuel ejected by HP umpire Jim Wolf. (6th).
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Brian O'Nora. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Gary Cederstrom.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 3:18.
Att: 47,943.
June 14, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner


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