June 27, 2009

Burnett fans ten Mets in shutout

The Yankees (42-32) and A.J. Burnett shut out the Mets (37-36) in a 5-0 victory. Burnett held a no-hitter through five innings, but Alex Cora - who was 0-for-21 prior to his at bat in the sixth inning - broke it up with a clean single to right-center field.

Quick 'Cap:
The Yankees scored the first run of the game off ex-Yankee Tim Redding when Nick Swisher hit an opposite-field homer. The Yankees broke the game open in the sixth inning on four straight pitches. Mark Teixeira doubled, Alex Rodriguez singled him home, Robinson Cano doubled and Jorge Posada hit a three-run shot in the same place Swisher's landed to end Redding's night.

Burnett's breaker was dominant all night, and he ended up with a season-high 10 strikeouts. He left after seven innings (108 pitches), and Brian Bruney and David Robertson pitched the last two innings perfectly. Full box score here.

I knew the Yankees had a good chance to win this one, but I was not expecting Burnett to be as good as he was. He and the rest of the rotation has been very good lately, as has the defense. It seems like four runs a night will be good enough to win.

Line of the Night:
Brett Gardner: 0-for-5, 1 K. What a way to follow up a five-hit night. I wonder if he bats leadoff in Sunday's game with possibly Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter returning to the lineup.

Up Next:
The winless Chien-Ming Wang (0-6, 11.20) will pitch under a national audience against Livan Hernandez (5-2, 4.05) to look for the sweep.

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