"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Teacher defeats student

Roy Halladay was fantastic; A.J. Burnett, not so much.

The Yankees lineup with players like Brett Gardner, Kevin Cash and Ramiro Pena was no match for Halladay, as he retired 17 batters in a row at one point, throwing a low amount of pitches in the process.

For the first three innings, Burnett matched him.  Then the fourth inning happened.  Two doubles, two walks and a sacrifice fly scored three runs for the Jays, and that was all Halladay needed in the team’s 5-1 victory.

Burnett finished the evening pitching 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.  He walked four and struck out three.

The Yankees were able to score their only run in the seventh on Alex Rodriguez’s two-out single with Johnny Damon on second.  Damon actually had two hits against Halladay.  He singled in the first inning but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Scott Rolen was 3-for-4 with three RBI tonight.  Before tonight’s game, he was 0-for-18 against Burnett.

The Yankees are now 15-17, and will try to rebound with Andy Pettitte on the mound tomorrow night.


kongon said...

It was a nice pitcher's duel for a short while. Girardi, in typical fashion, decided to keep his starter in a few more pitches so the Jays could score even more runs.

Not surprisingly, Rolen got a bit of revenge against Burnett. (Why does this sort of thing always have to happen against the Yankees?!)

If this was one of their better years, the lackluster performance against Halladay wouldn't have been that bothersome. But they've been playing like that against just about everybody these days, even pitchers with losing records and high ERAs.

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