Blowout in Motown: Milwaukee Brewers hit 5 homers, 8 doubles to pound Detroit Tigers 19-0
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Corbin Burnes allowed one hit in seven innings in another outstanding performance, and the Milwaukee Brewers slugged their way to their highest run total in over a decade, beating the Detroit Tigers 19-0 on Wednesday.
Jedd Gyorko homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers. Milwaukee hit eight doubles in the game, setting a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits.
Burnes (3-0) struck out 11 in his third straight start without an earned run.
“When you go seven innings, one hit, 11 strikeouts, no walks — we had a huge offensive day that made the game a lot of fun, but that kind of pitching performance, you’ve got to start with that,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh on April 22, 2010. Milwaukee, which entered the day 2 1/2 games out of a postseason spot, snapped a three-game losing streak.
Matthew Boyd (1-6) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. He walked four and struck out two.
“They got after him pretty good. It was just one of those bad days that led to more bad,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Not much good happened for us other than no one got hurt.”
It was the longest outing of Burnes’ career — he went six innings in each of his previous two starts. The Tigers didn’t manage a baserunner until Willi Castro’s one-out triple in the fifth — and even then, Burnes struck out the next two hitters to keep Detroit off the scoreboard.
Castro added a single in the eighth for the Tigers’ only other hit.
Orlando Arcia and Taylor had four hits each for Milwaukee, and Luis Urias drove in five runs.
The Brewers hit four doubles off Boyd in a three-run second inning. Urias drove in a run with his two-base hit, and Avisail Garcia drove in two with his.
Gyorko led off the third with a home run, and Nottingham hit a two-run shot in the fourth. Braun’s RBI single made it 7-0 in the fourth.
The Brewers hit four more doubles in the sixth, scoring five runs in the inning. Christian Yelich’s RBI double made it 8-0, then Urias added a three-run double and scored on a two-base hit by Taylor.
Milwaukee scored three more runs in the seventh, the last two coming on Braun’s home run.
Tigers outfielder Travis Demeritte took the mound to pitch the ninth. He allowed a solo homer by Gyorko, an RBI single by Urias and a two-run homer by Taylor. That was Taylor’s first major league homer.
“Everybody was happy for me. I think I was the only one that really felt awkward about it, just because it was off a position player,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t be too upset about it, because I’ve been on the other end facing a position player, where I struck out before.”
Detroit outfielder Daz Cameron, who came to the Tigers in the trade for Justin Verlander in 2017, was recalled from the alternate training site and made his big league debut Wednesday. He went 0 for 3.