A.J. Burnett was torched for six runs on six hits, including two home runs, in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Jamie Moyer and the Phillies defeated the Yankees, 6-3, ending the Yanks’ nine-game home win-streak.

Seth Wenig, AP



Initial Reaction:

Burnett just did not have it tonight. His command was, well, nonexistent, as he consistently left fastballs up in the zone. His final line looked like this: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K. He walked off the field to a chorus of boos.

Jamie Moyer was the complete opposite. He had a two-hitter through six, and those two hits came on the only runs he allowed – solo home runs from Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada. Moyer threw eight sharp innings, allowing just three hits and one walk.

As far as the bats go, it didn’t go how the Yankees had planned. Other than the two home runs, the Yankees really didn’t hit Moyer hard. He didn’t throw from the stretch until the seventh inning, and the Yankees had only two swinging strikes. Just one of those nights.

Positives From The Game:

Hard to take away any positives when the Yanks get on base just four times against Father Time…but let’s give it a shot.

After being a game-time decision tonight because of his hip, Alex Rodriguez was back in the lineup for the first time in four games. He hit in his usual cleanup spot as the DH. He didn’t show enough lateral movement during pre-game warmups to play third, but it was a positive to see him back at the plate.

Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin dominated Philadelphia for close to six innings. Logan faced nine batters, and got seven of them to either strikeout or ground out. Gaudin replaced him, and sat down all nine batters he faced. Without their work out of the ‘pen, the tying run certainly wouldn’t have came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th.

Negatives From The Game:

All Too Familiar: Remember Game Five of the World Series last year? With a chance to clinch the World Series in Philadelphia, Burnett allowed six runs and eight baserunners in just two innings – about the same as the six runs and 11 baserunners he allowed in 3.1 innings tonight.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad AJ: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR (back-to-back). He needed 87 pitches to record 10 outs. He didn’t give the Yankees a chance to win tonight.

Interesting Facts:

This was the third straight start in which Burnett had allowed at least four runs.

Robinson Cano’s solo shot was literally a shot. It traveled 451 feet, the third-longest home run in the brief history of The New House.

Robinson Cano now leads the league in home runs off of left-handers, with eight.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees look to rebound after tonight and win their three-game series against the Phillies.

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 3.80 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (8-1 2.46 ERA)

Last Start:
Kendrick: ND, five innings, five earned runs, four strikeouts (at Marlins)
Pettitte: Win, 7 1/3 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Astros)

Pitching Stats:
Kendrick – Career vs. NY: Has Never Faced the Yankees.
– 1-0, 3.46 ERA in five road starts this year.
Pettitte – Career vs. PHI: 2-2, 3.67 ERA (seven starts);
– 6-1, 2.84 ERA in eight home starts this year.

**Kendrick has given up at least four earned runs in five of his twelve starts.