Sports | April 14, 2022 12:13 pm

Corbin Burnes Picked Up the Tab and a Win for Brewers Fans During Last Start

Burnes struck out eight Orioles over seven innings and footed the bill for Brew Crew backers at Leff's Lucky Town

Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles
Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes received a no-decision after he pitched seven shutout innings on Wednesday, but his effort helped the Milwaukee Brewers collect a 4-2 win over the Orioles in Baltimore at Camden Yards.

More importantly for supporters of the Brew Crew, the 27-year-old picked up the tab for the evening at the first-ever Brewers Eve Bash at Leff’s Lucky Town in Wauwatosa, paying for hundreds of Brewers fans at the rally-style event ahead of Thursday’s home opener in Milwaukee.

“It was awesome to hear the big turnout,” Burnes said. “We just want to give back to the community, you know? The last two years have been tough on everyone. In 2020, we weren’t able to have fans. In 2021, limited fans early on. We’re excited to get home, we’re excited to play in front of the home fans.”

Burnes, who struck out eight Orioles in his seven innings of work and lowered his ERA on the season to 2.25 with the scoreless outing, has already endeared himself to fans with his efforts on the mound. But getting the party started a day early before the parking lots at American Family Field are even open for Opening Day tailgating will make him the mayor of Milwaukee if he isn’t careful.

“Every time he goes out there, the expectations are just so high,” Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong said of his starting pitcher. “We all expect [Burnes] to be going out there and throwing no-hitters. He’s dominant as always and it’s so fun to watch him pitch and dissect these hitters, man. I was one of those hitters he used to dissect. I’m glad I’m on the other side now.”

Burnes and the Brewers are 3-3 heading into their home opener against the visiting Cardinals on Thursday.