A.J. Burnett couldn’t get out of the second inning and the Yankees – despite a valiant attempt – couldn’t come all the way back, losing to the Phillies, 8-6, in Game 5. Back with more from the clubhouse later.
UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: We’re on a real tight deadline but I wanted to give you a taste of how A.J. Burnett was in the clubhouse. In short: He was crushed. “I feel like I let 25 guys down,” he said. “I just couldn’t get it to go where I wanted it to go. … I had a chance to do something special in here tonight and I let all the guys down. I let the city down.”
Burnett audio coming in a moment.
UPDATE, 12:17 a.m.: OK, here’s the audio from Burnett. It’s not the best because it was absolutely packed in the clubhouse but hopefully you can hear it.
And here’s Girardi’s post-game press conference. As you can hear, he said that if Pettitte feels good tomorrow, he will be the Yankees Game 6 starter.
UPDATE, 12:46 a.m.: Both Girardi and Burnett said the bad start was no the result of Burnett pitching on three days rest. Girardi said Burnett’s struggles will have no impact on his decision to start Pettitte in Game 6.
“I don’t see nothing different,” Jose Molina said. “They were just hitting.”