Corbin Burnes is on fire. He made his fourth start of the season tonight, and his dominance continued. In six innings pitched, he recorded another ten strikeouts, bringing his season total up to 40. Not only is his strikeout total high, but his walk total is non-existent. He has not allowed a single walk this season through four starts. It’s the first time that has happened in an MLB season. Not only that, despite allowing four hits in the game, he put up another scoreless start. That drops his ERA to 0.37 on the season.
While Corbin Burnes pitched well again, the Brewers offense backed him up to make sure it wouldn’t go to waste. Billy McKinney started the scoring off in the third inning, leading off the inning with a solo home run to put the Brewers up 1-0. Corbin Burnes then reached base on a fielding error by Jurickson Profar, then advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, Daniel Vogelbach singled to put runners at first and third, then Avisail Garcia walked to load the bases. Travis Shaw then brought two of them in on a double, and Omar Narvaez brought another two in on a single. That would give the Brewers a 5-0 lead.
Burnes did get into a little trouble during his start. In the fourth inning, he had to work around two singles to get out of the inning. Then, in the fifth, the Padres loaded the bases with one out, recording two singles and a hit by pitch. However, Burnes worked around that to get out of the inning. McKinney helped with that, making a diving catch to end the fifth and prevent the runs from scoring.
Overall, the offense had a strong day, collecting ten hits and six runs as a team. Omar Narvaez went 3-for-4 on the day, boosting his season average to .386. Daniel Vogelbach also added a 2-for-4 day. Billy McKinney had the leadoff home run in the third, and Jace Peterson also added a single home run in the ninth to finish up the scoring for the day.
The bullpen ensured the shutout would remain after that. Eric Yardley allowed two hits in the seventh, but neither scored to keep the Padres off the board. Brad Boxberger followed up with a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts, and Drew Rasmussen finished the game with another 1-2-3 inning that included a strike out.
With two wins to start the series, the Brewers have a chance to sweep a series for the first time this season. Adrian Houser starts for the Brewers while Dinelson Lamet makes his first start of the season for the Padres. First pitch is at 3:10 PM.