A.J. Burnett took the mound at 84 pitches in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park looking to notch his second straight complete game for Pittsburgh. Not since April 12 against the Phillies and April 17 against the Mets in 2005 had Burnett tossed back-to-back complete games.
After retiring his first two batters with groundouts, Burnett issued back-to-back walks on full count pitches as the rain started to pour in Cincinnati. Those two free passes broke up his span of 18 straight batters retired since the third frame. Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go to closer Joel Hanrahan after Burnett's 102 pitch walked Ryan Ludwick in the 6-2 game.
Hanrahan got Todd Frazier to pop out to right field to end the game and notch his 32nd save of the season. Burnett was able to notch his 14t...
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