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St. Louis Cardinals
A.J. Burnett’s almost-perfect outing helped the Pirates to a 5-0 win.
So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of talent and good fortune to come true (you know, like a Clint Barmes home run).
When looking at A.J. Burnett taking a perfect game into the 6th inning and a no-hitter into the 7th inning of Wednesday night’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals, it is important to look at both skill and luck.
Talent and Skill
Burnett generated nine swings-and-misses on Cardinals hitters, which actually is about average for the veteran pitcher in any particular start. Thing is, Burnett’s “average” is quite good for getting batters to whiff. His swinging-strike rate since the start of 2011 is better than that of aces like Felix Hernandez and Gio Gonzalez...
BEST OF MAXIM
A.J. Burnett led a day of strong starting pitching across the entire organization. Photo Credit: David Hague.
Wednesday was probably the best day of system-wide starting pitching you could ask for.
First there was A.J. Burnett, who led the pitching staff in throwing a one-hitter. Not just a one-hitter, but a one-hitter against the best team in the division. James Santelli did a great...
A.J. Burnett. Wow. In a night that brought back memories from Wrigley Field last July, Burnett was absolutely stellar for the Bucs and flirted with history before coming up just short. Well, he still did make some history, as he recorded his 2000th career strikeout in the second inning. It was a special night for A.J. and a great night for the Bucs, who played an excellent game and...
Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 (box)
WP: A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63 ERA)
LP: Shelby Miller (2-1, 1.96 ERA)
A.J. Burnett was perfect through 5 1/3 innings and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. His only two blemishes were a hit by pitch and a double to Carlos Beltran. He also struck out eight batters in his seven innings. His second strikeout was the 2,000th of his career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates finally scored some runs for A.J. Burnett in his most recent outing, and their offense seems to have turned the corner since that victory.
St. Louis' Shelby Miller could be capable of turning it right back around.
Miller looks to build on the best outing of his brief career Wednesday night while Burnett hopes for another offensive boost as he tries to...
I've said this before, but the biggest revelation of the AJ Burnett's time in Pittsburgh is that occasionally a pitcher with great stuff can take the mound and you'll know within minutes that he's going to take the game over. It happened for Burnett a few times last summer against the Astros and once on a nearly-unforgettable night against the Cubs and it happened...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning nearly 12 years after throwing the only one of his career, pitching the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Burnett (1-2) lost his bid with two outs in the seventh on Carlos Beltran's double to right-center. That was the lone hit given up by the 36-year-old...
A.J. Burnett made some history Wednesday night when he recorded his 2,000th career regular-season strikeout. Of course, he also has 31 career postseason strikeouts, and I don’t know why those don’t matter — but they don’t matter, and this isn’t even the main point of this piece. Burnett nearly made some more impressive history Wednesday when he carried a no-hitter into...
All I have to say is A.J. Burnett. The guy is a freaking legend. A folk hero. If the Pirates manage to turn it around this season it’s in large part due to the leadership of A.J. Burnett. He is that big of an acquisition in my opinion. The Braves are in town for four…
Wins are for the most part an antiquated statistic in baseball, but sometimes a win can carry a bit of significance.
A.J. Burnett got his first one of the 2013 campaign Wednesday night at PNC Park, but that was not what people will remember about the game. Burnett not only got strikeout No. 2,000 for his career, he flirted with perfection and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning...
The Cardinals leave out of Pittsburgh with essentially a split series due to the rain out of Tuesday evening, and also with a series that’s a tale of two halves. After an offensive eruption in game one, which they won 10-6 on Monday, they could barely find their way into the hit column two days later, dropping the final game of the series 5-0 to AJ Burnett. Now, as they depart...