MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Brewers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.
April 21: Brewers 4, Padres 2 -- Narváez surpasses 2020 marks
Brewers catcher Omar Narváez picked up two more hits in the series finale against the Padres to bring his season total to 19 in just 48 at-bats. He matched his hit total from the entire 2020 season, when he hit safely 19 times in 108 at-bats. He also hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning, which already surpasses the two he hit all of last season.
April 20: Brewers 6, Padres 0 -- Burnes does the unprecedented
Corbin Burnes has 40 strikeouts and no walks through his first four starts, an unprecedented start to a season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, which has data back to 1893, Burnes now owns the record for strikeouts by a starter before issuing his first walk. (Adam Wainwright had the old mark, with 35 strikeouts in 2013 before he walked a batter.) And according to STATS Inc., Burnes is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1901) to have 40 strikeouts and no walks in a stretch of four games -- at any point in a season.
April 19: Brewers 3, Padres 1 -- One-hit wonders
Brandon Woodruff allowed one hit in six innings. That marked the fifth time in the first 16 games that Milwaukee's starting pitcher has gone at least five innings and allowed only one hit. The others: Corbin Burnes on April 3 vs. the Twins (6 1/3 innings), Freddy Peralta on April 6 at the Cubs (five innings), Woodruff on April 7 at the Cubs (seven innings) and Burnes on April 8 at St. Louis (six innings).
April 18: Pirates 6, Brewers 5 (10) -- Getting off to good starts
With three full turns of the rotation in the books, the Brewers have done a good job getting off to positive starts. With two more early runs Sunday, the Brewers have outscored opponents by a 17-1 margin in the first inning this season and haven't allowed a first-inning run in 12 consecutive games. The only run allowed in the first inning by the Brewers through 15 games belongs to the Twins, who scored off Adrian Houser on April 4.
April 17: Brewers 7, Pirates 1 -- Early run production
The Brewers have outscored opponents 15-1 in the first inning this season, a dramatic departure from one of last year’s storylines. Through their first 14 games in 2021, they have already matched their first-inning run production from all of 2020, including 60 games during the shortened regular season plus two games against the Dodgers in the postseason. The Brewers were outscored by a 33-15 margin in the first innings of those 62 games in '20.
April 16: Pirates 6, Brewers 1 -- An unfortunate 1st for Williams
Reigning National League Rookie of the Year and Reliever of the Year Devin Williams' calling card is a nasty changeup that few batters could hit last season. That didn't matter to Gregory Polanco. The Pirates' right fielder smoked one of Williams' changeups straight to center field for a two-run shot in the top of the eighth. That was the first home run Williams allowed on his changeup in his MLB career, and just the fourth hit a lefty has gotten off his change since the start of last year.
April 14: Brewers 7, Cubs 0 -- 30 strikeouts, no walks
According to Brewers manager Craig Counsell, the most amazing of Corbin Burnes' eye-popping stats is this: Thirty strikeouts and no walks, making Burnes the only pitcher in 120 years of MLB’s modern history to do that through his first three outings. If Burnes keeps going, he’ll be in record territory.
The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright holds the Major League mark for a starting pitcher, with 35 strikeouts in 2013 before issuing his first walk, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen holds the overall record; he struck out a remarkable 51 batters in '17 before issuing his first walk.
April 13: Cubs 3, Brewers 2 -- Crew staff leads in ERA
The Brewers were held to three hits and saw a lead get away in the eighth inning in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs, but if they keep getting this kind of starting pitching, odds are they'll be competitive deep into the season. With Brandon Woodruff's six-inning, one-run outing, the Brewers have had their starter work at least five innings and allow no more than one run in seven straight games, matching a club record. And the ERA of Brewers starters is 1.94, best in MLB by a reasonably wide margin. Cleveland is second at 2.43 after Shane Bieber's complete-game shutout on Tuesday.
April 12: Brewers 6, Cubs 3 -- Peralta extends remarkable streak
Freddy Peralta logged 10 strikeouts while holding the Cubs to one run in six more electric innings on Monday. It marked the sixth straight game that the Brewers' starter pitched at least five innings while allowing no more than one run, putting them one game shy of the longest such streak in franchise history. The mark was set by this collection of starters in August 2011: Marco Estrada, Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Estrada and Marcum.
April 11: Brewers 9, Cardinals 3 -- A tremendous rotation turn
Beginning with Freddy Peralta's start at Wrigley Field on Tuesday through Brett Anderson’s outing at Busch Stadium on Sunday -- with Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Adrian Houser in between -- the Brewers completed one of the best turns through the rotation in franchise history, with those five pitchers combining for a 0.32 ERA during that span. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in franchise history that the Brewers had five straight starts of five-plus innings with those pitchers combining to allow no more than one earned run. Though it was rare in Brewers lore, it's not unheard of in the Majors; the last club with a stretch like that was the 2019 Dodgers (Walker Buehler, Kenta Maeda, Hyun Jin Ryu, Dustin May and Clayton Kershaw).
April 10: Brewers 9, Cardinals 5 -- García racks up RBIs
Big day for Avisaíl García -- a fifth-inning home run, a seventh-inning double and an eighth-inning walk helped García drive in five runs in the Brewers' 9-5 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. That not only accounted for all of García's RBIs in 2021, but it also was the third time in his career that he had at least five RBIs in one game. The only other time came in 2017 while he was with the White Sox: May 20 (six) and Sept. 14 (seven).
April 8: Cardinals 3, Brewers 1 -- Burnes pitching like Cy Young
He has a loss and a no-decision to show for it, but Corbin Burnes just became the first pitcher in modern history (since 1901) with consecutive starts of six-plus innings with no walks and no more than one hit allowed. Only two other pitchers have done the same in back-to-back outings, and each pitched once in relief -- 1963 Houston Colt 45 Hal Brown and 1904 Boston American Cy Young.
Of the three, Burnes was the only one to deliver those back-to-back gems in his first two games of a season.
April 7: Brewers 4, Cubs 2 (10 innings) -- Devin Williams isn't perfect
After allowing a game-tying home run to Joc Pederson on Wednesday, Devin Williams has allowed more earned runs in his first two appearances of 2021 -- two -- than he allowed in 22 appearances in all of 2020, when Williams won the National League Rookie of the Year Award and finished the year with 20 consecutive games without an earned run on his record.
April 6: Brewers 4, Cubs 0 -- Peralta's elite K rate
Add eight more strikeouts (and four walks) in five electric innings for Freddy Peralta on Tuesday as the Brewers' right-hander continues to expand his arsenal and post eye-popping whiff rates. Among Major Leaguers who have logged at least Peralta’s 199 2/3 innings since the start of 2018 (the year he debuted), only Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer have more strikeouts per nine innings. Here’s the Top 5: 1. Sale (13.41), 2. Cole (12.96), 3. Scherzer (12.43), 4. Peralta (12.26), 5. Justin Verlander (12.13).
April 5: Cubs 5, Brewers 3 -- Hiura's slash line: .000/.063/.000
Keston Hiura slugged .529 on fastballs in 2019, when he hit more home runs than any rookie in Brewers history not named Braun or Fielder. Even as he slumped in 2020, Hiura slugged a respectable .456 on fastballs – with an expected slugging percentage of .526 on that pitch. This year, Hiura is stuck on zeros during an 0-for-15, eight-strikeout start to the season, and it is odd to see him missing fastballs right down the middle. In Monday’s 5-3 loss to the Cubs, he swung through two middle-middle fastballs before striking out on a slider. In the sixth, Hiura again swung right through a fastball on the first pitch -- an 89.1-mph sinker from Trevor Williams -- for Strike 1. Two pitches later in a 1-1 count, Hiura got another sinker down the middle, but he fouled it off. He then grounded to third for an inning-ending double play.
April 4: Twins 8, Brewers 2 -- Crew's struggles vs. starters
Brewers manager Craig Counsell's takeaway from his team's opening series against the Twins: "We have to do a better job against starting pitchers." The Brewers managed two runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 15 1/3 innings against Twins starters Kenta Maeda, José Berríos and Michael Pineda while dropping two of three games. That continues a problem from last year, when the Brewers hit .207/.290/.363 against starters -- the worst batting average and slugging percentage in baseball, and the fourth-lowest on-base percentage.
April 3: Brewers 2, Twins 0 -- Berríos, Burnes take dueling no-hitters through six
Through six innings Saturday, the Brewers' Corbin Burnes and the Twins' José Berríos each had at least 11 strikeouts and no hits allowed. That's the first time in modern MLB history (since 1900) opposing starters achieved that feat in the same game.
April 1: Brewers 6, Twins 5 (10 innings) -- Hader throws hardest pitch of career
Josh Hader threw his hardest pitch ever on Thursday: 99.6 mph for the second of three straight strikeouts in the top of the 10th inning against the Twins. Before that pitch, he'd never thrown harder than the 99.2 mph four-seamer against the Cubs’ Willson Contreras on Oct. 1, 2018, at Wrigley Field -- the NL Central tiebreaker game, in which Hader closed the door on a 3-1 Milwaukee victory and the third division crown in franchise history. Hader threw the three hardest regular-season pitches of his career that day, all in that at-bat against Contreras. His hardest postseason pitch was 99.1 mph in the Brewers' sweep-clinching win over the Rockies in Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS.