Corbin Burnes was the Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher for the series opener on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Throughout the night the former Cy Young award winner issued four free passes with some strike calls going in his favor and some not.
It became increasingly evident as the game progressed that Burnes was not happy with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s strike zone. At the end of the sixth inning, after throwing his 100th pitch of the night and making an incredible inning ending sliding catch, Burnes took out his frustration by slamming the ball into the ground and exchanging words with Reyburn as he walked to the dugout.
At that time Burnes wasn’t ejected. He was tossed from the game after the first pitch of the seventh inning. His teammate Victor Caratini was up to bat and a questionable strike one was called. Burnes let Reyburn have it again and he responded by tossing Burnes from the game.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes was ejected for the first time in his career.
Following the game Burnes provided the following statement. This is the first time that Corbin Burnes has been ejected from a MLB game.
Every umpire has their established strike zone. DJ was giving me the corner most of the night but what frustrates pitchers the most is the pitch that is completely in the strike zone.
Two of the walks I had would have been strikeouts. Two of the walks were just unncompetitive pitches.
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