In Corbin Burnes two previous starts, Milwaukee has lost both games due to a severe lack of run support. That was not the case today against the Chicago Cubs. Once again Burnes was magnificent, but this time the offense showed up.
Before getting into how the Brewers scored their seven runs, let’s first take a look at what Corbin Burnes did on on the mound. He gave up just two hits over six innings. He struck out ten and gave up nothing on the scoreboard. Right now his ERA is a measly 0.49. Cumulatively this season, Corbin Burnes has made three starts, covered 18.1 innings, struck out 30 hitters, and given up just one run. Burnes has been filthy in the best way possible..
What he has been lacking is run support. Today, however the Brewers came through with seven. Milwaukee was off and running early in this one too. Jackie Bradley led off the bottom of the first with a double to right. He later scored on a single by Travis Shaw who would also score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Narvaez. Shaw was on third base as a result of a Avisail Garcia double just prior.
The best hitter in Milwaukee’s lineup so far this season has be Travis Shaw, and he continued his fine start in the bottom of the third inning. On a 1-2 count, Shaw took Cubs’ starter, Jake Arrieta over the centerfield wall, and just like that it was 3-0.
The game was still a matter of contention until the sixth inning, however. Former Brewers’ Alternative Training Site participant, Shelby Miller, took over for Arrieta, and things did not go well. Avisail Garcia singled off of him to open up the bottom half of the inning. Omar Narvaez followed with a single of his own. Later, Miller would start walking people. First it was Keston Hiura on four pitches. He followed that by walking Billy McKinney, which produced a run. He then walked Luis Urias, and again, that produced a run.
Hoping to stop the bleeding, Cubs’ manager, David Ross, replaced Miller with Justin Steele. Steele immediate gave up a 2-run single to Corbin Burnes. That made it 7-0, and 7-0 is how the game would remain as J.P. Feyereisen and Josh Lindblom shut the door on the Cubs after Counsell turned things over to the bullpen.
For the record, that is three series wins in a row all against division opponents. The 7-5 Brewers have an off-day tomorrow, but take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at AmFam Field on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 CT. Adrian Houser and J.T. Brusker are the scheduled starters. Television will carry the game on Bally Sports Wisconsin, and radio will broadcast it on WTMJ Wisconsin and the Brewers Radio Network.
Baseball statistics courtesy of Fangraphs