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Rock Bottom

The Philadelphia Phillies signed several veterans this off-season in hopes that each one of them would contribute enough to help the team remain competitive.

The last veteran they signed was A.J. Burnett.

Burnett was coming off a trip to the post-season a year ago with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has experience, having pitched in both leagues, throwing a no-hitter and winning a world series along the way.

Burnett seriously considered retirement this off-season, but instead opted to come back and pitch for a team not far his home. The Phillies were that team, having outbid the few other teams for his services.

The Phillies did not expect the poor season Burnett has had, nor did he. He came into Tuesday night having lost 16 games, and among the league leaders in walks.

Burnett allowed two early runs to the Padres in the first inning, and would not get out of the sixth.

With the Phillies leading 3-2. Burnett issued a two out walk to Jake Goebbert. Goebbert would steal second, and then score on a home run by shortstop Alexi Amarista, making it 4-3 San Diego.

Burnett then allowed two straight singles before being lifted for Cesar Jimenez. Jimenez would allow another single to load the bases.  Jedd Gyorko would bat next, and singled home another run making it 5-3.

Burnett was charged with five runs in 5.2 innings pitched, along with eight hits and four walks. His team would cut the deficit to 5-4, but ultimately lost.

It was Burnett’s league leading 17th loss of the season. He also pushed his walk total to a 87, most in the National League.

The loss was the Phillies’ 82nd of the year, guaranteeing their second straight losing season. They will also miss the playoffs for a third straight year.

They’re back at it tonight against the Pads, with Cole Hamels on the mound. First pitch 10:10 pm eastern time.

Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com

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