It was more of the same tonight for A.J. Burnett, who lasted just four innings while yielding seven runs. The Diamondbacks jumped out on top early and never looked back, beating the Yankees 10-4.


Initial Reaction:

A.J. had struggled mightily in his previous three starts coming into tonight’s game, and nothing has changed following tonight’s start. Burnett, who has now fallen to 6-6 on the year, gave up seven runs and nine hits over four innings, with four strikeouts and two walks. For the second straight start, A.J. failed to make it past the fourth inning. After beginning the season a career-best 4-0, he has gone 2-6.

The D-Backs scored all the runs that they would need (5) in just the first inning. Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds hit solo shots, and sandwiched in between those two bombs was a three-run jack off the bat of Adam LaRoche – all three home runs coming with two outs.

Positives From The Game:

The catalyst for the Yanks’ offense tonight was Brett Gardner, who continues to not only have a great first-half of the season, but he is on a tear in June. Gardner went 4-for-4 on the night with two runs scored and a steal, raising his average to .324 on the year.

Negatives From The Game:

The month of June has not been kind to A.J. Burnett this season. He’s allowed 23 runs on 29 hits over 20 June innings. Hoping to rebound tonight after losing his last three starts, A.J. disappointed even more. His ERA jumped from 4.33 coming into tonight to 4.83. Just as it has been the case all month long, Burnett failed to give the Yankees a chance to win.

Interesting Facts:

Brett Gardner is now hitting .422 in June.

Burnett has struck out more than five batters in just three of his 15 starts, and he has never struck out more than eight in any start this season.

Tonight, Robinson Cano earned his 100th hit on the season in just 274 at-bats. Since King George bought the Yankees in 1973, only three players have reached 100 hits in a season quicker than Cano: Derek Jeter in 267 at-bats in ’99; Dave Winfield in 266 at-bats in ’84; and Paul O’Neill in 264 at-bats in ’94.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees look to recover tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 10:10 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (8-2, 2.47 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (7-5, 4.71 ERA)

Last Start:
Pettitte: Loss, seven innings, three earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Philadelphia)
Haren: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts (at Boston)

Career Stats:
Pettitte vs. ARI: 2-5, 4.24 ERA (six starts)
– 1-2, 3.38 ERA in his career at Arizona
Haren vs. NY: 4-0, 3.77 ERA (seven starts)
– 5-2, 4.88 ERA at home this year