Entering last night’s game, Corbin Burnes needed just six strikeouts without a walk to break a Major League record. He recorded 10 without a walk in six innings while allowing just four hits. Burnes now has 40 strikeouts and no walks to start the season, breaking the record of 35 set by Adam Wainwright in 2013.
— IKE Brewers Podcast (@IKE_Brewers) April 21, 2021
Corbin Burnes Made Hitters Look Silly
With 10 strikeouts tonight and no runs allowed, Burnes lowered his ERA to a sparkly 0.37 for the season. His 0.33 WHIP is probably even more impressive as opposing batters cannot seem to get any meaningful contact on his pitches.
It is not just right-handed batters, too, that are struggling against Burnes. He is making left-handed hitters look lost at the plate as well.
Corbin Burnes is crazy good pic.twitter.com/dnBtXQa8PZ
— Smiley (@_SpiderDan) April 21, 2021
This was Corbin Burnes’ 36th strikeout of the season. He has yet to walk a batter. That is a record for most strikeouts to begin a season without issuing a walk. #Brewers #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/Fmxui0JMrR
— Lunch Break Baseball (@LunchBreakBB) April 21, 2021
Corbin Burnes almost had an immaculate 3rd inning. It was 11 pitches, but it really should've been 10. Look at these nasty sliders and cutter 🤢 #BrewersLive #PadresLive #BrewersTwitter #PadresTwitter #CorbinBurnes #PitchingHighlights #ThisIsMyCrew #HungryForMore #PetcoPark pic.twitter.com/g3x5B658bU
— Grunt Talks MLB (@GruntTalksMLB) April 21, 2021
Billy McKinney Leads the Offense (and Defense)
Of course, for a pitcher to get the win, the offense needs to put runs on the board. In Burnes’ first two starts, he did not get any run support and started the year 0-1. He now sits at 2-1 thanks in large part to Billy McKinney and the Brewers’ offense.
Billy McKinney homered for the second time in as many nights to open the scoring in the third inning. Following McKinney’s leadoff homer, Daniel Robertson grounded out and Corbin Burnes reached on an error. After Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out to the pitcher to advance Burnes, the Brewers’ offense really started to click.
Daniel Vogelbach hit an opposite-field single to left, sending Burnes to third. Avisail Garcia walked to load the bases. Travis Shaw then doubled to right center, scoring Burnes and Vogelbach. Omar Narvaez followed with a two-run single, making the score 5-0.
Things got a little exciting in the Padres’ half of the fourth inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Wil Meyers hit a rope to left field that surly would have scored two runs. However, Billy McKinney was out there, playing like a Gold Glover:
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 21, 2021
Late Inning Notes
- Eric Yardley, Brad Boxberger, and Drew Rasmussen each pitched scoreless frames in relief.
- Jace Peterson hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning.
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