CLEVELAND (AP) – Corbin burnes flirted with the perfect game. After walking, he didn’t even get a chance to pitch the ninth inning. But in the no-hitter campaign, that didn’t prevent a record.
Ace Burnes combined with reliever Josh hader to launch the ninth no-hitter of this season in the majors, something unprecedented, in the Saturday game that the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0.
“It was a masterpiece,” said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell.
The nine games without a hit this season broke a record that was set in 1884, when pitchers began pitching by swinging their arms over their heads.
Burnes struck out 14 on 115 pitches over eight innings. He was playing a perfect game until the seventh inning, knocking out the Indians, who went hitless for the third time in 2021.
This time the ones in charge of embarrassing them were Burnes – who has become a candidate for the Cy Young trophy on a team that has a comfortable lead as the leader of the NL Central – and Hader, one of the best closers in the United States. the majors.
Cleveland is the first team to be hitless in three different games in the same year. And all of them have been openings of Zach Plesac (10-5).
Right-hander Burnes was in control from the start, striking out 11 of his first 14 opponents. He retired in order to the first 18.
The crowd at Progressive Field booed the decision to send Hader to the mound to resolve the ninth inning. Undeterred, he struck out the Colombian Oscar Mercado at the beginning. First base Jace peterson he ventured into foul territory to catch a fly, which was the second out.
Hader accomplished the feat by causing Straw to fan a pitch almost to the ground.
“Anyone would have wanted to keep pitching in that situation, but if there’s anyone I want to see on the mound in the ninth inning, it’s Josh Hader,” Burnes said. “There was no nervousness with him. It was as if we considered it certain that he would make it.”
The Brewers entered the field jubilant to share hugs and claps in a victory that defines their stupendous season.
Puerto Rican Juan Nieves was the author of the Brewers’ previous no-hitter game, on April 15, 1987, in Baltimore.
The noob Tyler gilbert had pitched the most recent no-hitter in the majors, on Aug. 14, for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Chicago Cubs had achieved the other combined double zero on June 24.
The other games without unstoppable in the campaign were the work of Joe musgrove from San Diego Padres on April 9, Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox on the 14th, John means from Baltimore Orioles on May 5, Wade miley from Cincinnati Reds on the 7th, Spencer turnbull Detroit Tigers on the 18th and Corey kluber of the New York Yankees on the 19.
Many of those games came before the majors sanctioned sticky substances by pitchers more zealously in late June.
Miley and Rodon’s no-hitters came against the Indians, as did a Tampa Bay Rays double-zero, on July 7. But that duel didn’t count as a no-hitter in the Major League Baseball record book.
Too Madison bumgarner, of Arizona, had a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader at the Atlanta Braves on April 25.