Corbin Burnes pitched into the eight inning, Mike Brosseau and Andrew McCutchen homered as the Brewers defeated the Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Brewers opened up the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single by OF Tyrone Taylor.
Shortstop Willy Adames notched an RBI single in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 2-0 before DH Andrew McCutchen took a first pitch fastball from Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi, and golfed it down the left field line to double the lead to 4-0 for the Brewers.
In the third, third baseman Mike Brosseau coming off the injured list; took a hanging breaking ball and smashed it out to left to extend the lead to 5-0 Brewers. Brosseau has hit well against left-handed pitching this year. Brosseau is hitting .325, .575 SLG and an OPS of .988 against left-handed pitching.
That was Kikuchi’s last pitch as he only lasted 2.0 innings and gave up five runs (only two of them earned). Those runs in the third, would be the last time the Brewers would score against the Blue Jays, but that didn’t matter because Corbin Burnes pitched deep into this game.
Burnes pitched seven innings, allowed three runs, walked two, and struck out nine. The Blue Jays had six players get into scoring position as Burnes kept the Blue Jays bats quiet for most of the game.
After a home run by Bo Bichette in the eight, Burnes’ day was done. Devin Williams came on and struck out Alejandro Kirk to set up All-Star Closer Josh Hader in the 9th. Third baseman Matt Chapman on the final strike doubled to left center and left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr had an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-4. After a brief mound visit from Pitching Coach Chris Hook, Hader was able to induce a ground ball from catcher Gabriel Moreno and Hader notched his 22nd save of the season and tied with San Diego’s Taylor Rogers for the most in the majors.
The Italian Sausage notched his seventh win on the season. It was a photo finish between him and the Polish Sausage.
The Brewers made several moves on Friday: The team placed RHP Miguel Sanchez on the 10 Day IL with “right UCL discomfort. But did reinstate Right handers Trevor Gott and Jandel Gustave from the IL while optioning Peter Strzelecki to Triple- A Nashville.
Brewers acquired third baseman Patrick Dorrian from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. Dorrian is expected to join the Nashville Sounds. Dorrian hit .161 for Triple- A Norfolk this season in 169 plate appearances but did slash .473 in Double-A last season, let’s see if Dorrian can get back to his hitting ways for the Sounds.
Brewers signed Marcus Walden to minor league deal. Walden was drafted by the Jays in the ninth round of the 2007 MLB draft, but was never able to stick on with one team. Walden was claimed off waivers by the A’s then released and joined The Atlantic League. Walden signed a minor league deal with the Twins and another with the Red Sox where he made his Major League debut.
Walden in 2019 with the Red Sox, threw 3.81 ERA coming out of the bullpen. But in 2020, Walden struggled in the pandemic shortened season with a 9.45 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. After spending the 2021 season in the minors for the Red Sox and Cubs, Walden joined Gastonia Honey Hunters of The Atlantic League where he went back to being a starter and threw 50 1/3 innings over nine starts, struck out 34 batters and only eight walks with a 2.86 ERA during that stretch.