A.J. Burnett was left in for too long in the third inning. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
A.J. Burnett didn't have a good day. He was rocked in the third inning, but the struggles started before that. James Santelli has the full breakdown of what led to Burnett's struggles on the day. That poor third inning, combined with the fact that Burnett was struggling prior to the inning, raises the question of why he wasn't pulled earlier.
Things didn't look good when he walked Adam Wainwright to start the inning. That was followed by a single from Matt Carpenter past a diving Neil Walker. Things really started to fall apart when Carlos Beltran crushed a three-run homer, putting the Cardinals up 3-0 with no outs and the heart of the order up.
That's when I would have gone to the bullpen. Not ...
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