Burnett Pitches Gem
Q: If a great game was played and no one was there to see it, was it really played?
No need to answer that because I trust MLB.com’s official boxscore. Only 12,233 fans came out on a Sunday afternoon to see the interstate rivalry in St. Petersburg. But what a game it was with A.J. Burnett throwing a complete game shutout, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out seven. The Marlins only got three hits as a team but it was just enough to win their fourth in a row and give the Devil Rays their 50th loss on the season. I’ll take a win like that any day. Hitting stats are nice, but a win is a win.
In the Baltimore Orioles case, they haven’t seen one of those in a while. Up until now, the O’s were lucky because Boston never got hot even when Baltimore lost a few in a row. Their luck ran out as Atlanta clobbered them again and Boston beat up on Philly. Now 2 1/2 games back, the O’s need to get it together or they can forget about the Cinderella season before the All-Star Break.
I can’t wait until July 2, as I will be going to Shea to see the Marlins. At least we’ll be in our own box so I don’t have to hear the Mets fans or get beer dumped on my head.