Milwaukee Brewers starter Corbin Burnes had a pretty forgettable performance in the 2021 All Star Game on Tuesday night.
Burnes was the first starter out of the bullpen for the National League, replacing Max Scherzer in the second inning.
The second inning didn’t go particularly well, with Burnes allowing a four pitch walk to the first batter he faced in Aaron Judge, followed by a soft contact double down the line and then an infield single to bring in a run. Burnes got a double play to get out of the inning with just a 1-0 deficit.
Burnes then went out to pitch the third inning of the All Star game, being the only one so far to pitch two innings. This was Burnes’ scheduled day to start anyways, so he was primed to go a little more.
The inning started fine, including Burnes getting Shohei Ohtani to ground out to first.
Then Vlad Guerrero Jr came up to bat.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr hit an absolute moonshot of a home run off Corbin Burnes in the All Star Game.
That ball flew 468 feet, officially, off of Vlad Guerrero Jr’s bat. It had an exit velocity of 110 MPH. Unfortunately, Corbin Burnes was the one that gave it up.
It was a huge moment, and a home run that baseball fans really enjoyed, but it hurts a little that it happened off the Brewers’ own Corbin Burnes.
Guerrero pimped the home run as well.
The American League was leading the National League 2-0 at the end of Burnes’ outing, and both runs are charged to Burnes. He’s on the hook for the loss if the NL doesn’t come back in this one. Burnes hasn’t gotten much for run support most of the season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he didn’t get much here. That’s just par for the course at this point.
Although this NL offense is filled with lots of guys who don’t play for the Brewers, so there is a chance.
After such a strong start to the 2021 season, Burnes was extremely deserving of an All-Star nod, the first of his career. Unfortunately his first All-Star Game will not be remembered for how he retired Shohei Ohtani or anything else. The replays of Burnes’ All Star outing will simply be showing Guerrero’s massive home run.
Perhaps Freddy Peralta or Josh Hader can have better luck if they get in the game.