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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 earn his first home win since mid-August.
The Pirates (6-7) didn't score a run for Burnett (0-2, 3.71 ERA) in his first two starts, but they put up five for him Friday and eventually won 6-5 after the bullpen had let Burnett's 5-3 lead disappear. Burnett, who gave up three runs in six innings, has struck out 27 in 17 frames but has yet to work into the seventh.
"I need to start working deeper into games," said Burnett, pulled after 106 pitches. "I'm trying to throw nasty pitches to get strikeouts when I don't necessarily make nasty pitches and it's running up my pitch co...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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.
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...
Despite the headline, we have a lot of reasons to fret about Shelby Miller. He's already in decline. Stats don't lie, so look at the startling evidence for yourself:
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…
A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-0 win over St. Louis.
The St.Louis Cardinals sit perched atop the National League Central division with an 8-5 record to start the 2013 campaign. The young season has seen the emergence of rookie pitcher Shelby Miller and first baseman Matt Adams, both youngsters are proving their worth as valuable assets to future of the Cardinals.
Miller has complimented and matched staff ace Adam Wainwright pitch for...
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...
That game was so ugly, it went into a haunted house and came out with an application.
You're right. That wasn't funny.
And neither is the sequence of numbers 0, 1, 2. As in 0 runs, 1 hit and 2 errors. If Stanley Kubrick was around, I think he'd be working on Clockwork 2.
Thank goodness Carlos Beltran was able to scratch out 1 hit, otherwise literally...