Though it’s only been a few weeks, it feels like centuries since the Marlins’ A.J. Burnett was one of the most coveted pitchers on the trading block. Considering his recent run, Florida can be excused for second-guessing their decision not to deal him. From the Sun-Sentinel’s Steve Gorten :
Philadelphia forced Marlins starter A.J. Burnett (above, left) to make a quick departure from the mound, and he made an equally quick one from the clubhouse, refusing to talk to reporters after losing his fourth consecutive start. The Marlins banged out 15 hits — they had won 17 consecutive games when getting at least that many — but Burnett couldn’t hold an early three-run lead.
“You got a 4-1 lead, you give that to Bob Gibson or Jim Bunning, they close you out,” McKeon said. “You give it to Dontrelle [Willis], he’ll close you out.”
Burnett, who allowed six runs in five innings his past start here, didn’t. He lasted 21/3 innings, the second-shortest start of his career. He pitched one inning against the Braves last June because of a 75-minute rain delay.
Friday, Burnett threw 61 pitches, barely more than half for strikes, and allowed five runs, all in the third inning. Three of his four hits allowed were for extra bases, including Kenny Lofton’s RBI double and Pat Burrell’s two-run double.
After Burrell’s hit, which gave the Phillies the lead, Burnett exited.