After his offense took a quick 1-0 lead against Tampa Bay in the top of the 1st, A.J. Burnett promptly gave it all back and then some in the bottom half of the frame, ultimately digging the Yankees a 4-1 hole following his departure after 5.1 mediocre innings eight-hit, six(!)-walk ball. Frankly, it’s rather incredible that A.J. only allowed four runs to score having put 14 men on base. A.J. hasn’t thrown a quality start since June 29 against Milwaukee, and only has seven to his name out of 20 starts on the season. While he’s certainly been less of a disappointment than he was in 2010, he remains no less an enigma.
Thankfully for A.J. and for the Yankees, the offense bailed him out, battling back to tie the game in the top of the eighth on a combination of singles, walks and an RBI groundout made possible by a tremendous take-out slide by Brett Gardner, who broke up what appeared to be an inning-ending double play ball off the bat of Eduardo Nunez and that would have seen the Yankees remain down a run. Gardner continued his tremendous play of late, picking up another hit and walking twice. After a flawless bottom of the eighth by David Robertson, the Yankees went to work against rookie Alex Torres — making his Major League debut — and were able to plate a Curtis Granderson leadoff single as the go-ahead run with a succession of three straight walks, the final of which was of the bases-loaded variety earned by Russell Martin after a tremendous at-bat. Mariano Rivera came on and nailed down the 5-4 victory with a perfect ninth, and just like that the Yankees are on another tidy three-game win streak.
Speaking of rookies, prior to the Yankees’ big comeback this game had all the makings of a vintage Pitcher-the-Yankees-Have-Never-Seen performance, with Rays’ rookie Alex Cobb hurling six innings of two-run ball (only one earned) on a mere three hits (though he did walk four). In fact, the Yankees walked nine times in this game.
By my count, this appears to be the Yankees’ first come-from-behind victory of three runs or more in a month — June 19 at the Cubs, to be exact — and only the third time all season they’ve won a game after entering the eighth inning trailing. Oh yeah, and the game experienced an approximately 20-minute power delay due to the Trop getting hit by lightning. So yeah, there were semi-rare occurrences all around in this one.
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