It was a very strange day for baseball in Milwaukee, but it turned out to be a memorable, historic night despite the Brewers’ loss to the Twins. Prior to the game, a recycling plant near American Family Field caught fire. The wind carried smoke across the area, forcing the Brewers to close the roof. Despite the closed roof, smoke entered the stadium, creating a thick haze that remained for most of the game. Visibility was not ideal for fans in the stands, but the players could see well enough to play ball.
An Historic Outing By Burnes and Berrios
It was a good thing that the players could see well enough to play because fans were treated to a day of baseball reminiscent of days gone by. Corbin Burnes and the Twins’ Jose Berrios each took no-hit bids into the seventh inning. Not only that, they each had struck out more than 10 batters each. It was the first time in baseball’s modern era that two starters in the same game allowed one or fewer hits combined while striking out 10 or more batters each through six innings.
In addition, it was the first time two pitchers in the same game took no hit bids that late into the game since 2014. Unfortunately, Burnes ended up with the loss after surrendering a one-out solo home run to Byron Buxton in the seventh inning. Berrios was pulled after the sixth without allowing a single hit. The Brewers would eventually get in the hit column when Omar Narvaez hit a single in the eighth inning.
Corbin Burnes May Be the Brewers Best Starter
After Brandon Woodruff was chased from Opening Day before making it through the fifth inning, Corbin Burnes put on quite the show for the home crowd. Burnes struck out the side in the second and third innings, mixing in his nasty cutter and changeup to keep the Twins’ batters off balance.
Corbin Burnes, Ridiculous 97mph Cutter. ✂️
One of the best pitches in baseball. pic.twitter.com/BWXQMtZlGj
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 3, 2021
Corbin Burnes, 96mph Cutter.
There is no planet where this is fair.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 4, 2021
At the end of the day, Burnes got the loss. His final line was 6.1 innings pitched, one hit, one run, and 11 strikeouts.
A Tough Loss
Some days, players just need to tip their caps to the opposing pitcher. Such was the case today as Jose Berrios was literally unhittable. The Brewers could not get anything going against the right-hander, who was eventually pulled due to a high pitch count.
Brent Suter came in to relieve Burnes in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed three hits and a run while striking out one. J.P Feyereisen pitched a scoreless ninth for the Brewers, striking out one.
The Brewers’ best chance to get in the scoring column came in the eighth inning. After a Jackie Bradley Jr. strikout, Lorenzo Cain drew a walk. Omar Narvaez then broke up the Twins’ no-hitter by singling to right, moving Cain to third. Manager Craig Counsell then pinch hit for Orlando Arica with Daniel Vogelbach. Unfortunately, Vogelbach struck out looking and Billy McKinney lined out to right.
The Brewers and Twins play an Easter Day rubber match tomorrow at 1:10 CST. The Brewers will send Adrian Houser to the mound against Michael Pineda of the Twins.
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