Their game plan against the volatile Burnett seemed obvious. Take a pitch or two and see if they could get ahead in the count and force Burnett to make a mistake. During Burnett's seven innings, 17 Phillies hitters took the first pitch they saw. Trouble was, 12 of those pitches were called strikes. That meant 12 hitters in 0-1 counts. Four of those were among the nine hitters that Burnett struck out.
"Usually," designated hitter Matt Stairs said, "you try to be patient [facing Burnett], but he was pounding the strike zone tonight. I've seen some games where he's had trouble with his control, and I've seen some games like tonight."