milwaukee brewers Starting pitcher Corbin Burnes pitched a gem Friday, striking out a season-high 13 batters in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
While Burnes had one of his best performances of the year, a scary moment in the fifth inning nearly cut short his outing with game-time temperatures of 91 degrees and high humidityaccording to Associated Press.
After throwing a strike on the first pitch to reds shortstop Matt McLain, Burnes crouched behind the mound as his teammates and coaches ran toward him.
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«I’m not really sure what exactly happened,» Burnes said after the game.
«Everything got a little dizzy, and the eyes went cross-eyed,» he continued. «I went to the back of the mound, hoping to blink a couple of times, and it would go away, and it didn’t. So, I was kind of dizzy and cross-eyed there for a minute or two, and it finally started to go away. After from a bottle of water, just long enough to give it a second, it went away and didn’t come back up the rest of the way.Luckily it wasn’t anything crazy, and I was able to get back out for sixth.Scary at the time for sure «.
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Burnes was able to end the fifth inning early strike out the side in the sixth.
«He just got dizzy, essentially,» Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. «The coaches don’t think it was a hydration issue. Like you lift something heavy and you get a little dizzy. He just needed a minute to regroup. His vision got a little blurry.»
Milwaukee scored its only run in the seventh inning on catcher Victor Caratini’s single.
For Burnes, a three-time All-Star, his two-hitter gem took him to 8-5 on the season with a 3.73 ERA.
«He’s got great stuff,» Reds manager David Bell said. «He threw more breaking balls. I think that led to him being very successful tonight. Obviously, he’s got a good fastball. He used the breaking ball more today, and I think that helped him.»
Milwaukee’s bullpen went the rest of the way without allowing a single baserunner as the Brewers moved to 50-42 on the season.
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The victory tied Milwaukee with Cincinnati for the top of the National League Central.
Associated Press contributed to this report.