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Mike Burns (6-0, 2.15) takes the mound tonight against Portland Beavers

May 23, 2009

Mike Burns (6-0, 2.15) takes the mound tonight (9PM, CST) against the Portland Beavers, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-3, 3.27).

One of the biggest surprises for the Sounds in 2009 has been pitching. Starters Tim Dillard (6-2) and Mike Burns (6-0) are a combined 11-2 so far.  Burns was a January roster-add for the Sounds and has pitched brilliantly overall in 2009. He has been virtually untouchable.

Article: Burns A Hidden Gem for Brewers (5/21/09 by Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine)

Burns is at the top of several pitching stat-categories in the PCL this year so far: second with an ERA of 2.15, tied for first with six wins, third in innings pitched (50.1), and has only allowed one earned run in his last four outings (27.1 IP). PCL batters are only batting .226 against him for the year.

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Mike Burns for the Nashville Sounds

RHP Mike Burns (5-0, 2.27) goes for his sixth victory today at Greer Stadium (2pm) when he faces the Las Vegas 51s. With five wins in 2009, only teammate Tim Dillard has more wins in the PCL than Burns.

Burns is 5-0, 2.27 ERA. In seven games (all started) he has pitched 43.2 innings (2nd in PCL), yielded 37 hits, given up just a total of 12 runs (11 ER), surrendered 4 HRs, 8 BB, 31 SOs.

Mike is in his 10th professional season. The Brewers are his 5th organization. He was signed by the Brewers on January 15, 2009.

He spent the entire 2008 season with the Iowa Cubs, where he went 8-12 with a 4.67 ERA. In 133 innings pitched he gave up 69 earned runs. He was mainly a reliever last year, pitching in 37 games, starting 14.

The 30 year old righty from California is having a break-out season as a starter for Nashville.

Burns has a Major League record of 0-0 with a 5.88 ERA (34er/52ip) in 45 major league appearances with the Astros, Reds, and Red Sox.

All seven of his 2009 starts have been quality starts

5/17/09Burns still perfect (6-0) with win against 51s
Won (6-0), 6.2IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned, 2 walks, 3 SOs, 2.15 ERA

5/12/09 Mike Burns (Nashville) shuts out the Aces 5-0
Won (5-0), superb outing
6IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1BB, 7 SO, 2.27 era

5/7/09Nashville takes 3 of 4 against I-Cubs with 4-2 decision
Won (4-0) – superb outing
7.2IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1ER, 0BB, 3 SO, 2.63 era

5/2/09Burns shuts out Royals in nightcap, 4-0
Won (3-0) – stellar outing
7IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1BB, 7 SO, 3.00 era

4/25/09Nashville defeats Iowa 6-3 in home stand opener before 8,091
No decision – strong outing
6IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3ER, 1BB, 4SO, 1HR, 3.91 era

4/20/09Sounds post 4th consecutive victory on road, sweep Zephyrs in 4-2 decision
Won (2-0) – excellent outing
7IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2ER, 2BB, 4SO, 1HR, 3.71 era

4/15/09Nashville shuts down the Red Hawks in 7-1 victory
Won (1-0) – superb outing
6.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1ER, 3BB, 3SO, 1HR, 4.50 era

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