He gave up the lead, but A.J. Burnett still was not bad. He allowed only one hit and it was the softest of hits, a slow roller to third by a fast runner, Michael Young. Alex Rodriguez could not get a grip on it and the Rangers second run came home.
Burnett's cardinal sin, of course, was the one that often hurts pitchers: a leadoff walk. That set bad things in motion. David Murphy went to second on a wild pitch, held there as Bengie Molina was hit by a pitch. Both moved up on Mich Moreland's sacrifice. Murphy came home on a groundout--Mark Teixeira's nice play at first on an in-between hop.
What do you give Burnett as a grade in that inning? I say a B.