A.J. Burnett's super and emotional start paved the way for an important win. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
A.J. Burnett never shies away from showing his feelings and theatrics on the mound to join his strikeouts.
In the Pirates' 2-1 extra-innings win to take 1st place over the Cardinals for the start of Tuesday's doubleheader, Burnett flashed his fist pumps, his yells, his glove flips and possibly his curse words. The veteran starter struck out nine St. Louis hitters, did not give up any hits to his final 18 batters and allowed only one Cardinals run.
"He's not one to hide his emotions by any means, anywhere," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "That's one of the things you love about him. He pitches with his heart."
Alex Presley hits the walkoff single in the 11th (Photo Credit...
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