Brewers Suffer Devastating Loss After Near No-Hitter As Offense Sputters

The Brewers lost in extra innings on Sunday to the Yankees
Sep 10, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) pitches
Sep 10, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) pitches / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Pure heartbreak. In a game that started out so good and was living up to the hype, the Milwaukee Brewers were in prime position to win, but just couldn't get the job done.

The Brewers were on the verge of making MLB history. Corbin Burnes didn't allow a hit through eight innings, but the offense didn't give him a single run of support. Yankees ace Gerrit Cole had shut down Milwaukee's lineup.

Then Devin Williams comes in and gets the no-hitter through the ninth inning. That's worth celebrating, right? Not yet, because the Brewers still hadn't won. In the top of the 10th, the Brewers still couldn't push across a run.

Abner Uribe enters, and with two outs, he nearly lost the game. The Yankees thought they had won it. But Sal Frelick had other plans.

That play. That moment. Everything that was on the line. Frelick's catch was the play of the year! It still might be. It could end up on the top of Sportscenter's Top 10 plays tomorrow. It saved the no hitter, and saved the game.

But in the end, it all was for naught.

The Brewers offense scratched out a couple of runs but the Yankees were able to answer each time, with Joel Payamps giving up the first hit of the game with one out in the 11th inning, an RBI double. Then a two run homer from Giancarlo Stanton off Andrew Chafin in the 12th took all momentum from Milwaukee. The two run cushion they got in the top half should've been enough, but it wasn't.

When the Brewers didn't score in the 13th, things weren't looking good and a Kyle Higashioka double off Hoby Milner, who Craig Counsell was trying not to use today, gave the Brewers the loss.

All those nice narratives and stories from the first 10 innings of the game all go out the window with this loss. It goes down as a gritty win for the Yankees, despite being no hit for 10 innings and still getting the win, but it just leaves a sour taste in the mouth of the Brewers. The no-hit bid from Burnes, nearly two years to the day from his previous combined no-no, the spectacular catch from Frelick, all left to be forgotten.

The Brewers offense simply didn't do enough on Sunday. Yes, they were facing an elite arm in Gerrit Cole the first seven innings, but you have to find ways to score against elite arms if you're going to win in October.

Still, the Brewers leave New York with a series win. The trip doesn't end up as a disaster, but it's not going to be a happy flight back home. The Brewers will feel they should've won this game and should've swept the series, and they're right. The loss will sting, being within reach of such history and then losing the history and losing the game as well.

The Brewers will have to move past it quickly as they return home to take on the Miami Marlins for four games starting on Monday.