Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes and star closer Josh Hader combined to throw Major League Baseball’s record ninth no-hitter this season. They combined for 16 strike outs and one walk in the 3-0 Brew Crew victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night in Cleveland.
Tigers pitching coach Juan Nieves talks about Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combining on the second no-hitter in Brewers history: pic.twitter.com/WiK6d5ByV2
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Burnes goes eight strong innnings
Burnes had great stuff all night striking out 11 of the first 14 batters he faced and also retired the first 18 in a row. Myles Straw’s walk to start the seventh was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect pitching night. The closet the Indians came to a base hit was Owen Miller’s line drive to centerfield that was snagged by Lorenzo Cain to end the seventh inning.
12,568 days since the Milwaukee Brewers have last thrown a no hitter. It’s now reset to 0 pic.twitter.com/7971d7EsAY
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The fans at Progressive Field booed as Manager Craig Counsell replaced Burnes with Hader to start the ninth inning. Burnes had already thrown a career high 115 pitches and Counsell wanted to preserve the win and the no-hitter.
To his credit, Burnes said after the game; “Anyone would want to keep pitching in that situation, but if there was anyone I would want out there for the ninth, it would be Josh Hader,” Burnes said. “There were no nerves with him. It was more like a done deal when he came in.” Hader finished up with a one-two-three inning including two strikeouts to record his 31st save.
Ninth No-hitter of 2021
San Diego pitcher Joe Musgrove started the no-hit parade in April with the first no-no in Padres history. Carlos Rodon for the White Sox added one 5 days after Musgrove’s. May saw no-hitters by John Means of the Orioles, Wade Miley of the Reds, Spencer Turnbull of the Tigers, and Corey Kluber of the Yankees.
There was one no-hitter in June and that was a combined effort by four Chicago White Sox pitchers. Zach Davies, Andrew Chafin, Ryan Terpera, and Craig Kimbrel to blank the Dodgers by a score of 4-0. In August, Tyler Gilbert from the Diamondbacks pitched the eighth no-hit game of the season beating the Padres.
Tyler Gilbert's dad had an amazing reaction to his son's no-hitter. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/11MGrvvLIF
It should be noted that Madison Bumgarner of the Diamondbacks threw a no-hitter against the Braves in April. However, it was only a seven-inning game, due to it being the first game of a double-header, therefore it does not count as an official no-hitter. This was also true of a combined effort by the Tampa Bay Rays in June where Colin McHugh, Josh Fleming, Diego Castillo, Matt Wisler, and Pete Fairbanks threw a shortened no-no against the Indians.
Brew Crew Cy Young?
In conclusion, Brew Crew expert Tyler Koerth of the Beer District Podcast had this to say about Burnes’ gem: “It was inevitable that the Brewers would throw a no-hitter this season. It is very appropriate that Corbin Burnes would play a huge role in the team’s first ever combined no-hitter, given the dominating season he is having. Those eight innings of no-hit baseball hopefully will sway a few more votes to him when it comes to Cy Young voting.”