What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?

What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?

A.J. Burnett recorded strikes on just 53 percent of his pitches Thursday afternoon. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Busch Stadium has been the home of several A.J. Burnett nightmares, but his Thursday afternoon was a new day terror.

The St. Louis Cardinals attacked Burnett for seven runs without recording an out in the 3rd inning of National League Division Series Game 1. The veteran right-hander escaped a no-out jam in the 2nd by generating two groundballs, but nothing worked out for Burnett in the next frame as all eight batters reached base to end his first playoff start with the Pirates.

"That 3rd I was just too anxious," Burnett said. "Just didn't stay back. Didn't execute anything, and that's been the story here."

Coming off back-to-back Busch starts in which he gave up five ...

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