From the first inning, it was clear that Corbin Burnes had his A+ stuff working today. In the second inning, he surpassed 200 strikeouts on the season, just the 10th such season by any Brewers pitcher in franchise history.
He continued to strike out more and more players all without allowing a hit. But those strikeouts and deeper counts were causing his pitch count to steadily climb.
He reached 11 strikeouts through five innings but his pitch count was into the 70s. As he finished the 7th inning, his pitch count crossed 100.
That was a tough play in the gap, and it seems like every no-hitter has that one spectacular defensive play to save it. This was that play for Burnes.
Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader’s combined no-hitter is the 9th no-no in MLB this season, and the 2nd in Brewers franchise history.
It’s been 34 years since the Milwaukee Brewers had thrown a no-hitter. With the bevy of pitching talent the Brewers currently possess, it was only a matter of time until this happened. We at Reviewing the Brew predicted this would happen this season.
We didn’t know who it would be, or when it would happen, but we knew it would happen.
After finishing the 8th inning, Burnes was at 115 pitches and Craig Counsell had to pull the plug at that point, despite knowing how painful that it would be for Burnes.
But Counsell had a pretty good option to go to for the final three outs, Josh Hader. Hader dispatched the Indians in short order, finishing off the no-hitter.
There was only one baserunner allowed by the Brewers, a walk given up by Burnes in the 7th inning. One runner shy of a perfect game.
Burnes finished with 14 strikeouts, his second highest total of the season, following a 15 K performance against the Cubs a few weeks ago. Hader had two strikeouts of his own in the 9th inning.
This is a special night for Milwaukee and this is a special team. Corbin Burnes threw eight no-hit innings, and combined with Josh Hader to finish it off. This lowers Burnes’ season ERA to 2.25 and should vault him to frontrunner status for the NL Cy Young, if he wasn’t there already.
Enjoy this moment. Once again, the Brewers have thrown a no-hitter.