Burnes, McKinney Lead Brewers Over Padres

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 13: Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Wrigley Field on August 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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:

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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