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 before allowing a two-out double to Carlos Beltran. It was the only hit St. Louis would get after Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli combined to keep the Cardinals off the bases in the final two innings.
Neil Walker is 10 for 22 with six RBIs and a home run in the Pirates’ last five games. Photo Credit: David Hague
Burnett has pitched well in his previous three starts this season, but had zero wins to show for it. The offense, unlike in his other appearances, had enough pop to keep the Pirates in the lead while Burnett worked later in to the game than he did in any of the other starts.