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Yanks turn A.J. loose, clobber Tigers in Game 4

Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:47 pm
 
DETROIT -- The scariest sentence of the summer for Yankees fans turned into the most surprising sentence of the year.

From "The season depends on A.J. Burnett" to "Good Lord above, look who saved the day!" in 81 pitches on a gorgeous night at Comerica Park for everything and everyone but the Tigers.

Mark it down. Burnett rides in on a white horse. The Yankees blast Detroit 10-1. This Division Series is headed back to New York even-steven at two games apiece, with the winner Thursday spraying champagne.

All hail A.J.

Maybe it was his 2009 World Series victory frozen in time inside of his laptop that spurred him. Perhaps it was getting kicked one too many times while he was down, getting taunted one too many times in public, getting spurned one too many times from the Yankees' brass.

Whatever it was, after a wobbly first inning in which he loaded the bases with walks -- including an intentional pass to Miguel Cabrera -- Burnett was, dare we say it, ace-like. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, the perfect amount for a bullpen that includes Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.

And the thing is, after New York's six-run eighth, the latter two weren't even needed.

"You can't count me out," Burnett had said on the eve of his latest make-or-break start. "I'm going to bring everything I've got and just let A.J. loose out there."

Good thing for him, they let Curtis Granderson loose, too. That bases-loaded first inning? Two out, and Don Kelly smoked a screaming liner dead ahead to center field. Granderson broke in at first, then quickly recovered, scrambled back and made a leaping stab that ended the inning.

It was a spectacular catch made possible by an initial misread. Bottom line, it saved Burnett at least two runs and possibly an inside-the-park grand slam.

Granderson would make another sensational catch to end the sixth. But, by then, the Yankees led 4-1 and thanks to Burnett, they were out of the rough.

"I've been proving people wrong my whole career, it seems like," Burnett had said on Monday evening. "People are entitled to their opinion.

"Obviously, I give them reasons here and there do doubt."

In Game 4, Burnett gave them reasons neither here nor there to doubt. The dude was stellar, just in the nick of time.

Tuesday was a very, very good night for the Yankees also in that the blowout allowed Robertson and Rivera to watch idly from the bullpen and maybe get some crucial rest for what should be a terrific final act to what has been a riveting series.
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Yanks turn A.J. loose, clobber Tigers in Game 4

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Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Yanks turn A.J. loose, clobber Tigers in Game 4

Granderson an lost in Detroit. When he faces a left hand pitcher it was a victory just getting a foul tip. He looked just like Jackson does now. Which to mean says caoching because both players have the same problems. While in  Detroit. the diffrnce was Jackson could not make the catch and Grnderson made the catch.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Yanks turn A.J. loose, clobber Tigers in Game 4

Burnett's always capable of doing well, which is what's so frustrating about him.  Milion dollar arm, ten cent head.  So up and down, and this year usually down.  But people have begun to exagerrate just how bad he is, too.  You always have your fingers crossed with him, but if Good AJ shows up he can pitch against good lineups. 

Yankee offense can be streaky, which is why all the runs last night might be a harbinger of more offense Thursday.  I hope they keep hitting and put up a big, crooked number.  Fister good, so is Nova.  Should be a good one.   


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