AJ Burnett struggled through six innings tonight. He allowed six Toronto runs on six hits. Four of the six runs came via of three home runs. Yankee double plays killed rallies in the 4th and 6th innings as the Yanks fell, 6-1..

AP

Initial Reaction:

AJ Burnett just didn’t have good stuff tonight. In six innings, Burnett gave up six earned runs on six hits. Burnett walked four hitters and only struck out two. If you look at the strike zone plot (below), you’ll notice that Burnett was either grooving pitches or missing his spots horribly.

Someone please stop Jose Bautista. Bautista crushed two home runs off of Burnett and finished the night with three of the six RBIs. Bautista leads the American League with 18 dingers.

Offensively, the Yankees had their opportunities to score runs in bunches, but failed repeatedly. The Yanks got the lead-off hitter on base in five of the nine innings, but only managed to score him once! In the fourth inning, A-Rod stepped to the play with runners on first and second base with no outs, trailing 3-0. Rodriguez grounded into a double play. Robinson Cano struck out to end the inning. In the sixth inning, Chad Moeller and Derek Jeter led off with hits, but Nick Swisher grounded into a double play, killing the rally. A-Rod led off the seventh inning with a double, but the Yanks failed to score him.

Positives From The Game:

Meh. Nothing really. No hitting in the clutch. Go get’em tomorrow.

Negatives From The Game:

Interesting Facts:

2: Double plays in the 4th and 6th innings stymied Yankee run scoring opportunities.

4: Going into tonight’s game, Burnett walked only two hitters over his last 13 innings. He walked four hitters in six innings tonight.

What’s Next?:

The Yanks will look to even up the series.

Saturday, 1:07 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48 ERA) vs. Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14 ERA)

Last Start:
Pettitte: Win, seven innings, one earned run, five strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Romero: Win, complete game, one earned run, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)

Career Stats:
Pettitte: 20-12, 4.21 ERA (40 starts); 15-5, 3.89 ERA at Rogers Centre.
Romero: 1-1. 5.94 ERA (three starts)

**Romero is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA at home this year. He has thrown complete games in back-to-back home starts (vs. Orioles and Rangers).