A.J Burnett is the man.

A.J. Burnett Allows One Ball To Leave Infield, Pirates Lose

Close your eyes for a moment and think what the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff would be without A.J. Burnett.  Sorry to do that to you, but Burnett has been nothing short of tremendous for the Bucs.  To think about the Bucs the past two season without A.J. is just mind numbing.

Today, Burnett allowed one to leave the infield and it cost him the ballgame.

Mike McKenry couldn’t stop a pitch in the dirt and that one-out homer by Jesus Montero was all the damage the Seattle Mariners could do to Burnett.  Thanks to poor offense and Felix Hernandez the Bucs did as little as possible to support their ace.

Andrew McCutchen drove in Starling Marte for the Pirates only run.

The Pirates had other opportunities namely this curious one.  During a key situation, Clint Hurdle called for a safety squeeze with A.J. Burnett at the plate.  It failed.  Then Hurdle called for ‘the butcher boy’ where Burnett showed bunt and pulled back to slug it.  It failed.  Burnett couldn’t even help his own cause with Jordy Mercer on third base and one-out.

Marte broke for second base in the eighth inning with an o.k. jump, but stopped for some curious reason.    TOOTBLAN ensued.

Simple mistakes cost the Pirates, perhaps it was failed execution.  In tight games, it always comes down to the little things and the Bucs didn’t do the  little things well.  Burnett struckout nine and walked four.  Burnett was perfect through three innings and then threw 29 pitches in the fourth inning.

After the game, this is what Burnett had to say.

It was fun out there.  I battled, walked a couple of guys.  You hate to look at one pitch.  What can you say… it was a pitcher’s duel.  A.J. Burnett

Even though Burnett allowed just one ball to leave the infield.

The Pirates are 18-15 and head to New York to take on the Mets.

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  • Campbell Sproul

    I think the Marte TOOTBLAN was caused by him tripping. I haven’t watched the replay, but that’s what it looked like to me when I first saw it. Still, this game was disappointing, to say the least. A.J. deserved more run support today.

    • Tj Streib

      I thought that too, but no… he simply put on the brakes. He should have just kept going anyway, cause he had absolutely no chance going back to first. Montero wasn’t even going to attempt a throw to second

    • Campbell Sproul

      Ok, thanks TJ. I agree, at that point you just have to keep on going for second.

  • Tj Streib

    OK someone please, please, please explain to me WHY??? in the eighth inning trailing by a run, Hurdle lets Barmass bat for himself & uses Tabata for the pitcher? What in the blue hell was he saving Gaby Sanchez for????? (OR Inge?) You need runs, you’re down to your final 6 outs, but you leave your top run producer (per AB) glued to the bench for those two??? Even a fire hydrant would have been a better choice to lead off the inning! Does Hurdle have a clue? I’m having my doubts! I’m really getting sick & tired of Hurdle’s inexplicable love affair with Barmass!! I can’t wait to see the other 29 teams tripping over themselves to sign him next year in free agency as they did with Barajas – NOT!!