Justin Steele describes first MLB hit off Corbin Burnes
MILWAUKEE — As the 3rd inning began Saturday night at American Family Field, Corbin Burnes was cruising along.
The National League Cy Young contender was working on 10 straight no-hit innings, including the first 2 against the Cubs.
Up to the plate steps Justin Steele, Chicago’s rookie pitcher.
The lefty jumped on Burnes’ first offering, sending a hard line drive into center field for a hit. The pitch came in at 96 mph and went out at 103.8, an absolute rope.
It was Steele’s first career MLB hit — and it came off one of the best pitchers on the planet.
“That was really cool,” Steele said. “I’ve really enjoyed hitting my whole entire life. Really loved it growing up — high school and stuff. Getting a hit in the big leagues was always a thing I wanted to accomplish. If they get rid of the DH next year, I can always say I got a big-league hit.
“I was really excited to do that, especially off somebody like Corbin Burnes. Everybody sees the year he’s having, he’s been unbelievable. I just kinda went up there and ambushed him on the first pitch. It was a great experience. Really happy it happened.”
Steele got to keep the ball and it’s already in a case in his locker with a verification stamp on it.
He came into the night 0-for-8 with a run in his MLB career.
The 26-year-old southpaw came around to score the Cubs’ first run of the game on Willson Contreras’ RBI fielder’s choice.
On the mound, Steele lasted 4 innings and gave up a pair of home runs to the NL Central-leading Brewers. He struggled a bit with his command, walking 4 and needing 79 pitches to garner the 12 outs.
If all goes according to plan, Steele should have 2 more starts left this season, including next weekend against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.