MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joe Musgrove acknowledged the opportunity to match up with reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes provided some additional motivation Friday night.
Musgrove responded by nearly throwing his second no-hitter in as many seasons as the San Diego Padres bounced back from their toughest loss of the year. Musgrove held Milwaukee hitless for 7 2/3 innings in a 7-0 victory.
“Going up against Burnes is a little extra energy, a little more excitement,” Musgrove said. “We’re both throwing the ball really well and he’s coming off a Cy Young. It’s a chance for me to go out and show my stuff.”
Musgrove, who pitched the only no-hitter in Padres history last season, nearly did it again.
Kolten Wong got the Brewers’ only hit with a two-out, eighth-inning double. Wong’s drive on a first-pitch cutter took a hop on the warning track and bounced off the right-field wall.
“Probably got a little too much plate,” Musgrove said. “If I could go back, I wouldn’t change the pitch. (I’d) just try to throw it in a little more.”
He stayed in the game and retired Pablo Reyes for the final out in the eighth to finish with a career-high 114 pitches. Musgrove (6-0) threw 112 pitches in his no-hitter, a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2021.
Padres manager Bob Melvin indicated he likely would have allowed Musgrove to start the ninth inning with that type of pitch count if the Brewers had remained hitless.
“130 is probably that number you get really uncomfortable with, so that’s what I kind of had in my mind, but you never know what the moment’s going to be if he gets up to that point,” Melvin said.
Craig Stammen retired the side in order in the ninth to complete the shutout.
Musgrove’s latest performance continued his stellar start to the season. Musgrove, who…