ALCS: Burnett dominates, then walks tightrope

October, 17, 2009
10/17/09
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A.J. Burnett threw nine straight fastballs to Bobby Abreu before retiring him on that long foul fly to Johnny Damon.

That was a heck of an at-bat by Torii Hunter to draw the walk. He entered this game with two hits in 23 career plate appearances against Burnett before blooping that double to right field in the first inning.

Tonight has been quintessential Burnett. He looks so dominant for several innings, and all of a sudden he's walking on the edge. He was fortunate to escape that inning with a 2-2 tie. David Robertson was just up in the New York pen, so Burnett probably won't be around much longer.

Jerry Crasnick | email

ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer

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