A.J. Burnett struck out ten today, but the Pirates couldn’t come away with the win.
If before Monday’s season opener at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs someone told you A.J. Burnett would have 10 strikeouts and the Pirates’ bullpen would not allow a hit, chances are you would have been pretty happy about Pittsburgh’s chances to win.
Well, Burnett did strike out 10 Cubs while Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon combined to not allow a hit after Burnett’s exit with two outs in the sixth inning. The trouble was the offense and the Pirates managed just three hits in their 3-1 loss to the Cubs.
For all that Burnett did well — and there was plenty — a rough first inning put Pittsburgh in a hole that they could never seem to dig themselves out of.
After opening the game by striking out David DeJesus, Burnett gave up a single to left field off the bat of Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro. One pitch later the Pirates trailed 2-0 after Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo crushed a Burnett fastba...