SAN DIEGO (AP) — Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six spotless innings, extending his incredible start to the season, and the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the short-handed San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.
After four starts this year, Burnes has an unimaginable 40 strikeouts and no walks. He was already the only pitcher since 1900 to whiff 30 batters without issuing a free pass through his first three starts of a season.
“I have heard it from everyone in the clubhouse so it is kind of hard to escape it right now,” Burnes said. “We will kind of reflect on it tonight and enjoy it and then we are back at it tomorrow.”
Billy McKinney homered to spark a five-run third against Chris Paddack that included a two-run double by Travis Shaw and a two-run single from Omar Narváez. McKinney also made a diving catch in left field that likely saved two runs.
“It feels good keeping the game at zero right there,” McKinney said. “Just how well (Burnes) did, he deserved to put up a zero after his performance tonight.”
Jace Peterson went deep in the ninth against his original team.
Burnes (2-1), a native of Bakersfield in Southern California, lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.37. He gave up four hits against a lineup missing Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.
Three relievers finished the six-hitter. San Diego has dropped six of eight.
Milwaukee batted around against Paddack (1-2) in the third. He lasted five innings, giving up five runs (four unearned) and five hits while striking out seven.
McKinney led off the third with a home run to center field. With one out, Burnes reached safely on a fielding error by second baseman Jurickson Profar. Four batters later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Shaw ripped a fastball into the right-field corner to make it 3-0….