Another start by Corbin Burnes and another dominant performance. Another start by Corbin Burnes and another wasted opportunity. Burnes was absolutely terrific this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. He covered six innings while striking out nine Cardinals’ hitters. He gave up just one hit and no runs. When he left the game, Burnes had a 1-0 lead.
Corbin Burnes is absolutely insane— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 8, 2021
Burnes has only allowed ONE hit in each of his first two starts. pic.twitter.com/9NdxwBT46n
The Brewers got that lead in the top of the third. Keston Hiura led the inning off with a double to right. Adam Wainwright tried to pick off Hiura, but an errant throw allowed him to score.
One of the great highlights of the day came to open the game. Leading things off for the Brewers in the top of the first, Kolten Wong was welcomed back by the St. Louis faithful in what amounted to a beautiful moment. The ovation brought tears to Wong’s eyes.
After eight years in St. Louis, Cardinals fans gave Kolten a much-earned ovation https://t.co/nv2J3AD1dh— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 8, 2021
While the ovation for Wong was great, and Burnes start was magnificent, the offense really failed to come through. Adam Wainwright covered five innings and gave up five hits, but only gave up the one run. Three of those hits came off the bat of Travis Shaw. Once St. Louis turn things over their bullpen, their relievers gave up nothing.
Nonetheless it was a tie game after seven innings of play. The Cardinals tied things up in the seventh when Tyler O’ Neil drove in Yadier Molina from third base on a single. Molina had singled earlier in the inning and ended up on third base because of a double to right by Dylan Carlson.
The bottom of the eighth proved to be the inning of demise for the Brewers. With Drew Rasmussen on the mound, Nolan Arenado crushed a 2-run shot into the left field bleachers. Austin Dean came into score in front of Arenado, and the Cardinals took the opening game of the series 3-1.
The Brewers and Cardinals play again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1:15 CT. Adrian Houser gets the ball for the Brewers and Carlos Martinez gets it for the Cardinals. The game can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network. Watch the game on Bally Sports Wisconsin.