A.J. Wins Ugly

July 9, 2009 – 10:11 am

NYY 4, Minnesota 3. A.J. Burnett had an off night and the Yankee hitters struggled some with a rookie pitcher they had never seen before (as they always seem to do), yet they still managed to pull out a win. Which of course is the mark of a good team. A.J. struggled with his control all night, throwing 3 wild pitches and walking 4 over the course of 6.1 innings — but still only gave up 2 runs, which is the mark of a good pitcher. Count this as another very solid outing for A.J.

Offensively it was “clutchless” Alex Rodriguez who got what proved to be the game-winning hit in the 5th inning. Once again, the hits were scattered throughout the lineup with everyone getting at least one hit except for Johnny Damon, who went 0-for-5. As much as I like watching Damon, it might be time to sit him down for a bit as he’s struggling both offensively and defensively. To be fair, the Metrodome roof was causing problems for a lot of fielders yesterday — but Damon has been having issues finding fly balls for a couple of weeks now. It’s almost like he’s having some kind of eye problem — which could well be related to his struggles at the plate. With both Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner looking pretty good recently, no reason not to give Damon some time off.

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