Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 7/30/13
The first half of double-headers are always a little strange. When AJ Burnett got into a bases-loaded/no out jam in the third inning, my first concern was about the bullpen and now about Burnett blowing the 1-0 lead he'd been handed by Pedro Alvarez's first inning double. Burnett escaped the jam with only one run scored, though, and he cruised through the next five innings without breaking a sweat. The Pirates needed a long start from Burnett, and he gave them seven strong innings, striking out nine, and only allowing three hits and three walks.  The problem is that Lance Lynn was just as good as Burnett, completely shutting the Pirates down after their run in the first inning. After worrying about wearing out the bullpen early on, the Pirates needed four relievers anyway. Justin Wilson and Mark Melancon were their usual good selves, while Bryan Morris and Vin Mazzaro were awfully shaky. The defense bailed Morris out in the tenth, though, and Mazzaro somehow avoided trouble desp...
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