What a game in Milwaukee on Saturday night. For the first time since Aug. 2, 2014 -- when the Mets' Jacob deGrom and the Giants' Jake Peavy accomplished the feat -- opposing starting pitchers had no-hitters going into the seventh inning, as Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes and Twins righty José Berríos absolutely dominated hitters at American Family Field.
In the top of the seventh, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton broke up Burnes' no-no bid with a solo home run to center field. Berríos, meanwhile, would not yield a single hit in this start, but it was over after six innings with a pitch count of 84 in a year in which every pitching staff will have to manage workloads following an abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Minnesota took the combined no-hitter into the eighth, but that's when Omar Narváez lined a single to right field off reliever Tyler Duffey to break it up in the 2-0 Twins victory.
Burnes struck out 11 batters over his 6 1/3 innings, and Berríos fanned 12. According to STATS, LLC, it marked the first time in the modern era (since 1900) that both starting pitchers in a game struck out 10 or more batters and yielded one or no hits.
"It’s a fantastic baseball game for anyone who loves the game," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "For anyone that doesn’t mind showing up and watching two elite starters go at it at the top of their games. I don’t know if I’ve seen too many games at the Major League level, as a participant of any kind or just a spectator on television, I haven’t seen too many games pitched like that through six innings. That was really fun to watch, and I’m just glad we were able to come through with a couple of runs and get the job done. That’s an old-time pitchers' duel right there."
Incredibly, Berríos said he didn't even know he had a no-no going until he was removed from the game after six innings. He also said he had thrown a pair of no-hitters in high school, and he didn't know in those games either.
"I didn't know we had no-hitters," Berríos said of Saturday's performance. "When Rocco came to me and took me out of the ballgame, he just gave me a hug. He didn't say anything and didn't let me say anything back to him. When I came off the field, I saw that we had a no-hitter going."
While Berríos said he respects Baldelli's decision to pull him from the game, he said he would've tried to stay in had he known he had a no-no in the works.
Would Berríos have finished the job if he had gone back out to the mound in the seventh?
"Yeah. I can say yes now," he quipped.