A.J. Burnett went winless in his five July starts. He really hasn’t been terrible despite a 4.83 ERA this month, but he hasn’t been winning, either. He has gone 0-3 with two no-decisions since his last victory on June 29. This start was called “strange” by Joe Girardi. Burnett struck out 10 Orioles, walked only two and hit one in eight innings. He also gave up four runs on just five hits, all for extra bases, and lost 4-2.
Burnett lamented a few mistakes. Despite the lost month, he seemed serene.
“I’ve taken a lot of positives,” Burnett said. ”I haven’t gotten beat up. I’m minimizing mistakes. … I’ve shut the door on everything that’s happened negative and turned everything into a positive as best I could.”
Girardi said: ”I thought he threw the ball pretty well. Unfortunately we didn’t score many runs.”
Brett Gardner went down swinging in this game in more ways than one. With a run in, men at the corners and two outs in the ninth, he thought a 3-1 pitch was outside. Mike DiMuro called it a strike.
“It doesn’t matter what I think,” Gardner said.
The pitch looked pretty good on the replay. Then Gardner swung and missed to end the game. Then he smashed his bat against the dirt twice, breaking it the second time.
“It didn’t get any hits tonight,” Gardner said. “It was time to retire it. I was just frustrated with myself.”
Jeremy Guthrie allowed the Yankees just a run and four hits over seven. Girardi thinks he has pitched better than his record, which is up to 5-14. Guthrie had been 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA in his three previous starts at the new stadium.
“He’s doing a better job of trying to command his pitches,” Gardner said.
The Yankees went just 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and were 2 for 12 with men on base.
Jorge Posada went 2 for 2 with two walks.
The Yankees dropped their second straight and are just 4-3 so far in this 10-game homestand against three weak links, the A’s, Mariners and Orioles.
Next up is today’s day/night, 1 p.m./7 p.m. doubleheader, with Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova going for the Yankees.