CLEVELAND (AP) – Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes throws a perfect game – and completely dominates – the Cleveland Indians in six innings on Saturday night.
Burnes recorded 11 strikeouts while taking out the top 18 batters with ease. The right-hander eclipsed 200 strikeouts for the season in the second inning and is coming off with a Cleveland team that has not already been hit twice this season.
Burnes has control over all of his locations and makes the Indians stupid. Cleveland didn’t come close to hitting a hit with just two balls hitting the outfield.
Burnes, 22, is aiming to set the ninth safe-hitting record in the majors this season, surpassing the mark set in 1884 – the first year of overhand pitching was allowed. Burnes has not lost since May 25.
There have only been 23 perfect games in major league history, the last being Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in 2012.
Juan Nieves threw the only hit in Brewers history in 2012.
All-Star for the first time this season, Burnes tied the major league record with 10 consecutive strikeouts in a game against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11.
The Indians haven’t been touched twice this season – first by Carlos Rodón of Chicago on April 19, then Wade Miley of Cincinnati on May 7.
Earlier this week, Cleveland failed to hit a hit against Minnesota rookie Joe Ryan until there was a seventh inning putout.
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