A.J. Burnett wasn’t happy about coming out of Tuesday night’s game after pitching just five innings, but his high pitch count and a golden offensive opportunity made the decision easy for manager Ryne Sandberg. With Burnett at 96 pitches, his team up by a run and the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the sixth, Sandberg sent John Mayberry Jr. to the plate to pinch-hit. Mayberry scored one for the Phillies' much-maligned bench when he stroked a two-run single into left field to help the Phillies extend their lead to three runs. The hit stood up as the difference-maker in the Phillies' 6-5 win over the Marlins (see Instant Replay). And it helped Burnett notch his 150th career win on a night when he walked four and hit a batter. “I’m not going to lie,” Burnett said afterward. “I was a little bit upset about coming out. I never want to come out, no matter what time of the game it is. “But obviously it was the right move to make. Mayberry came up and got a big, big hit for us and kind of opened the door. It all worked out.” Suddenly, the hot-one-day-cold-the-next Phillies are hot again. They have won three in a row after falling to a season-worst five games under .500 last week. It was the Phillies' third-straight win and they've scored 26 runs in those games. They scored just 21 runs in their previous eight games. The Phils are 4-0 against the Marlins this season and 20-22 overall. Burnett didn't receive much help from home plate umpire Will Little's inconsistent strike zone, but he did receive a nice assist from his bullpen. Jake Diekman pitched two scoreless innings and Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon did a little bending but did not break in closing out the game.
Pulling Burnett for pinch-hitter pays off in Phils' win against Marlins
CSN Philly | May 21