Corbin Burnes is a Cy Young Award winner for a reason. The Milwaukee Brewers needed every ounce of that Cy Young magic to win an epic pitchers’ duel with Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the back of Burnes’ brilliance and a Tyrone Taylor home run, the Brewers pulled off a 2-0 victory and retook control of the National League Central.
Corbin Burnes Had His 17th Career 10+ Strikeout Game, Closing in on Team Record
Corbin Burnes threw 108 pitches through seven innings, but kept the St. Louis Cardinals off the board. Burnes struck out 10 Cardinals batters while allowing two hits and two walks. It was Burnes’ 17th career game with double-digit strikeouts and his fifth this season. This is notable because the Brewers record for double-digit strikeout games in a career belongs to Yovani Gallardo, who had 18.
After his outing tonight, Corbin Burnes has 17 career 10-strikeout games.
— Brewers Stats (@BrewersStat) June 21, 2022
Interestingly, the last time Corbin Burnes had 10+ strikeouts this season was on May 29 against… the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to his two 10+ strikeout games against the Cardinals this season, Burnes has double-digit strikeout games against the Cubs, Pirates, and Giants.
In case anyone is schedule watching, Corbin Burnes is next scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Following that game, Burnes will pitch on Friday July 1 against the Pirates.
Tyrone Taylor Hits His First Home Run in June
After the Milwaukee Brewers designated Lorenzo Cain for assignment, it was clear that Tyrone Taylor would be taking over as the everyday center fielder. The problem was that he was mired in a long slump and had not been performing well himself. Several trade rumors have surfaced that include the Brewers trading for a more consistent bat in the outfield.
Tyrone Taylor made a case for himself to keep the job on Monday night, going 1-3 with a bomb off of a rare mistake by Miles Mikolas.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 21, 2022
According to Would it dong? on Twitter, Taylor’s home run would have been gone in 22 out of 30 MLB ballparks.
Tyrone Taylor vs Miles Mikolas#ThisIsMyCrew
Home Run 💣
Exit velo: 101.6 mph
Launch angle: 29 deg
Proj. distance: 416 ft
This would have been a home run in 22/30 MLB ballparks
STL (0) @ MIL (2)
🔻 5th pic.twitter.com/5FkbZUT2w4
— Would it dong? (@would_it_dong) June 21, 2022
After the game, Taylor spoke with Sophia Minnaert of Bally Sports Wisconsin about his home run:
"I committed to the fastball there and I was glad to get a big hit for the boys."
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) June 21, 2022
Devin Williams and Josh Hader Complete the Shutout
Devin Williams relieved Corbin Burnes in the eighth inning and pitched a clean inning with a strikeout. Josh Hader, fresh from coming off of the paternity list, closed the door for his 20th save of the season. Last week, the Haders welcomed their first child.
The save gave Hader 116 for his career. He is now 17 behind Dan Plesac for the most in Brewers history. After the game, Hader appeared on MLB Tonight to talk about the new milestone in his life.
The @Brewers' top 2 saves leaders in franchise history!
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 21, 2022
Do Not Run on Omar Narvaez
The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the best defensive catchers in MLB history in Yadier Molina. It was Omar Narvaez, though, that made the highlight reel with a ninth-inning rocket to catch a would-be base stealer.
After further review, don't run on Omar!
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 21, 2022
We would be remiss if we did not point out the insanely athletic tag laid down by Luis Urias at second base. As Narvaez said afterwards, “That tag saved the game.”
- Willy Adames was 2-4 with a double
- Hunter Renfroe saw his streak of consecutive games with a home run snapped at three; he was 1-3 with a double
- Keston Hiura started at second base and reach base three times: a hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch
- Rowdy Tellez was 1-3 with a double
- The shutout victory was the Brewers’ fifth shutout of the season
- Milwaukee broke a tie with St. Louis and is now in first place in the NL Central
Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will take the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron Ashby was schedule to start for the Brewers, but was placed on the 10-day IL prior to Monday’s game. Craig Counsell as announced that Chi Chi Gonzalez will start for the Brewers. Gonzalez was 0-0 with a 7.00 ERA in two starts with the Twins this year.
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