Can’t Stop the Walk
- Updated: August 19, 2014
A.J. Burnett came into tonight leading the National League in walks. They’ve been his achilles’ heel this season, and often get him into trouble. Burnett would add to his season total tonight.
Burnett’s counterpart tonight, Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, has exactly 12 walks this season in 20 starts. Quite the contrast.
Iwakuma would dominate the Phillies. He allowed just four hits and struck out 11 in eight shutout innings. Oh be the way, he did not walk a single Phillie hitter tonight.
As for Burnett, he would go 7.2 innings in an up and down performance.
He walked Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley to start the ballgame. They would then complete a double steal to reach second and third with no outs. Robinson Cano would ground out, bringing Jackson home for a 1-0 lead. Ackley would score on a single by Logan Morrison to make it 2-0 after a half inning.
Burnett settled in from there, keeping the deficit at two for the next five innings.
He would allow a solo home run to third baseman Kyle Seager to start the sixth inning, making it 3-0 Mariners.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Burnett hit Robinson Cano to start the eighth. He then walked Logan Morrison to put two men on with one out. After advancing to second & third, both runners would score on a two run single by Mike Zunino to push the lead to 5-0.
Burnett was pulled after that, finishing with four walks in 7.2 innings pitched. He was charged with five runs on six hits, but did strike out nine Mariners. His season walk total is now 76, 11 more than Travis Wood of the Cubs.
He suffered his 14th loss of the season tonight, not what the club had in mind when they signed the veteran righty in the off-season.
The Phillies broke the shutout in the ninth inning with two runs, and even brought the tying run to the plate. Cody Asche would strike out to end the ballgame.
The Phils will look to win the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. Cole Hamels get the start for the Phillies against James Paxton for Seattle.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of RantSports.com