A.J. Burnett was horrendous for the second straight outing, digging the Yankees a 5-0 hole in the bottom of the 1st inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks en route to a 10-4 loss. After quickly retiring the first two batters he faced, Burnett gave up six(!) straight hits including three home runs, all three of which were absolute bombs, although perhaps none as impressive as Justin Upton's shot to dead center.
Speaking of Justin Upton, last night Yankee fans got a glimpse into 2016, in which Upton will almost certainly be patrolling some portion of the outfield at Yankee Stadium when his deal with Arizona finally ends. Upton put on some kind of show, going 3-3 with two home runs, four runs scored, four RBI, a walk and a stolen base.
Burnett's final line of 4 IP, 9H, 7ER, 2BB and 4K was made even worse by the fact that all seven of the runs he surrendered came with two outs! Every time Burnett tried to get ahead in the count he was grooving what must have looked like batting practice fastballs right over the heart of the plate, and the D-Backs made him pay. Adam LaRoche in particular looked like he knew exactly what was coming when he took a ginormous uppercut at Burnett's very first offering, crushing a monster three-run shot that basically ended the game right then and there in the 1st inning.
After Burnett gave up his seventh run I'd seen enough. As much as I love the Yankees and hate to ditch a game early even when they're losing, a six-run deficit in the 5th inning at 11:30pm EDT is pretty tough to rationalize staying up for.
It looks like I didn't miss much, as Chan Ho Park surrendered Upton's second home run of the night, while Alex Rodriguez continued to become the highest-paid doubles-hitter in history. Don't get me wrong; I'd obviously rather see A-Rod hit for extra bases than not at all, but the whole one-home-run-in-June thing is really starting to get to me, and frankly I'm shocked Alex hasn't started getting killed for his lack of power in the media. Not that I want that to happen by any stretch of the imagination, but I doubt A-Rod's ever had a month in his entire career where he hit only one home run and it seems surprising that this would fly under everyone's radar.