Burnes (2-2) earned the win during Tuesday's 4-1 victory over San Diego, allowing one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Burnes settled down after permitting five baserunners and one run combined in the first two innings to get through his final four innings nearly unscathed. The 27-year-old extended his streak of going at least six innings to eight starts, though he's now struck out five in consecutive turns after recording at least seven whiffs in each of his previous six. Burnes' 2.18 ERA and 0.87 WHIP both rank among the league leaders and he's currently set to make a second start this week against St. Louis over the weekend.
Burnes didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-innings win over Atlanta, giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out five without walking a batter. The right-hander ran into trouble in the third inning, serving up back-to-back homers to Austin Riley and Marcell Ozuna to account for all the damage against him, but the Brewers bailed him out late. Burnes saw his streak of six straight quality starts come to an end, but he'll still carry a 2.26 ERA and dazzling 62:8 K:BB through 51.2 innings into his next outing.
Burnes threw seven innings Friday against the Marlins, striking out seven and walking none while allowing on run on five hits. He did not factor into the decision. Burnes did his part, but so did his counterpart Pablo Lopez, who also allowed just one run in seven frames. Both pitchers' only blemishes came on solo homers, with Jesus Aguilar besting Burnes in the bottom of the third inning to level the score. The Brewers would eventually score a run in the top of the ninth to emerge 2-1 victors. Burnes, who now owns a 1.77 ERA through seven starts, lines up to face Atlanta next Wednesday.
Burnes (1-2) suffered the loss against Atlanta on Saturday, pitching six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out seven. Burnes' bad fortune continued Saturday, as he registered his fifth straight quality start but has only one win to his ledger over that span. The right-hander was impressive in racking up 20 swinging strikes among his 98 pitches, and the lone earned run he allowed came on a solo homer off the bat of Ronald Acuna in the fifth inning. Despite recording only one victory on the campaign, Burnes has been arguably more dominant than last season, compiling a 1.86 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 50:8 K:BB across 38.2 innings. He's expected to make his next start in Miami next weekend.
Burnes (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings Sunday, striking out 10 and taking a loss against the Cubs. Burnes turned in another strong outing but was tagged with his first loss of the season in part because his offense failed to score a run in the contest. He kept the Cubs scoreless through four frames before Patrick Wisdom knocked a solo home run in the fifth. The 27-year-old is sporting a 1.93 ERA with an impressive 43:7 K:BB through 32.2 frames after recording at least 10 strikeouts for a third straight start. Burnes is expected to take the mound in Atlanta next weekend.
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