It's been 34 years since the Milwaukee Brewers last threw a no-hitter. 12,568 days have gone by from when Juan Nieves closed out his no-no to when Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined to throw the next.
On a Saturday night in Cleveland, Brewers ace and Cy Young candidate Corbin Burnes was on top of his game, carving up the Indians offense. He didn't allow a baserunner through 6 innings and had 11 strikeouts at that time. A leadoff walk in the 7th inning to Myles Straw was the only blemish on the stat line for Burnes.
After a somewhat lengthy 7th inning, Burnes was at 103 pitches, and he talked his way into going out for the 8th inning despite his high pitch count. He got the next three batters out to keep the no-no intact, with a lot of help from Lorenzo Cain, who made a diving catch in right-center field to save the no-hitter. It was a spectacular play that will remind many of the diving catch Robin Yount made to preserve Nieves' no-no back in '87.
All that was left was the final three outs, and with Burnes at 115 pitches, manager Craig Counsell made the decision to pull Burnes and bring in closer Josh Hader.
Hader quickly got the three outs necessary to finish the no-hitter and the celebration was on! Burnes raced out to embrace Hader and catcher Omar Narvaez as the team gathered around them.
Burnes was able to get comfortable from the start as the Brewers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After leadoff man Kolten Wong drew a walk, Christian Yelich pounded a double to dead-center and made it to third base on an error by Straw. Then Narvaez followed with a sac fly.
In the 2nd inning, Daniel Vogelbach doubled to right and was brought home immediately on a double by Rowdy Tellez. That made it a 3-0 ballgame and that was all Burnes needed and there was no scoring from that point on.
Burnes and Hader combined to make history for the Brewers, and this has been a long time coming.