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Brewers feel robbed as Sabathia just misses no-hitter against Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- To the Milwaukee Brewers, CC Sabathia pitched a no-hitter. The official scorer disagreed.

The Brewers are going to try to change his mind.

Sabathia limited the Pirates to Andy LaRoche's infield single leading off the fifth inning, on a play Milwaukee manager Ned Yost argued was an error on the pitcher, and the Brewers beat Pittsburgh 7-0 Sunday for their eighth victory in nine games.

"He accomplished a no-hitter and wasn't given what he deserved. That should have been a no-hitter," Yost said. "That's a stinking no-hitter we all got cheated from. I feel horrible for CC."

The Brewers said they plan to send a DVD of the play and send it to Major League Baseball, asking that the call be overturned. However, according to baseball's rulebook, only the official scorer may change a judgment scoring call.

If official scorer Bob Webb were to decide to change the call, it would be the first time in major league history a no-hitter was awarded retroactively.

LaRoche's softly hit grounder on a 2-2 pitch rolled about 45 feet between the plate and the mound before Sabathia picked it up barehanded, only to drop it. The ball may have been hit too softly for Sabathia to get LaRoche at first, even if he had made the play cleanly.

Bob Webb, a major league official scorer for 20 seasons, immediately ruled a hit, explaining he watched LaRoche out of the batter's box and the runner was two-thirds of the way down the line before Sabathia picked the ball up. Yost and several Brewers players disagreed -- strongly.

"That's a joke. That wasn't even close. Whoever the scorekeeper was absolutely denied major league baseball a nice no-hitter right there," Yost said. "They threw hit up on the board even before LaRoche hit the bag. That's a play CC makes easily, throws him out by 10 feet -- to me it's a no-brainer.

"That's sad. It really is sad."

The Brewers' Ryan Braun said, "There's no question that's a no-hitter."

Despite the Brewers' protests, the play in question is routinely called a hit and fielders often get angry when they are called for errors on easier plays. The Associated Press polled eight writers who have reported on the majors for 10 years or more, and six would have called it a hit.

Webb wouldn't comment on Yost's remarks, but said the play did not meet the rule book criteria for an error.

"The way the ball came off the bat, it was spinning, and it went to the left of the mound with a left-handed pitcher going to get it. It's a difficult play," Webb said. "The definition requires standard effort, and that would have taken more than an ordinary effort. The runner was well down the line."

As it stands, Sabathia (9-0) pitched the majors' fourth one-hitter this season and couldn't have come much closer to a no-hitter, with no Pirates batter except for LaRoche threatening to get a hit during the team's 10th consecutive loss.

Also, Sabathia pitched with almost no pressure with a multiple-run lead in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, which wouldn't have been the case if he had a no-hitter going and every late-innings pitch would have been critical.

Sabathia accepted the scoring call calmly, blaming himself for LaRoche getting on.

"The ball was still rolling and I probably should have picked it up with my glove. We probably wouldn't be having this conversation," Sabathia said. "I think if I pick it up with my glove, I get him."

Sabathia wouldn't speculate whether he would have gotten LaRoche if he had picked the ball up cleanly barehanded.

Maybe Sabathia felt he could make a play as he did the inning before, when he caught Nate McLouth's line drive up the middle with the palm of his right hand and flipped the ball to first to turn a double play.

LaRoche was looking for a changeup but got a slider -- the first one he'd seen from Sabathia in two at-bats -- and barely got his bat on it.

"I just got it on the ground," he said. "I'd like to think it was a hit. From a selfish standpoint I'd like it to be a hit, but you could make a case either way. But I'm hitting .160 -- I need every hit I can get."

Sabathia, 3-0 in five career starts against the Pirates, struck out 11 and walked three and faced only 29 batters, two above the minimum. He threw 79 of his 117 pitches for strikes.

Sabathia's previous low-hit game was a three-hitter, accomplished three times, including a 3-0 win over the Cardinals on July 23. His 9-0 record since being dealt by Cleveland to Milwaukee on July 7 matches Doyle Alexander's 9-0 with Detroit in 1987 as the best of any pitcher traded at midseason in the last 90 seasons.

"He's been dominant since he came over and, hopefully, he and rest of the team will take us to the promised land," Bill Hall said.

Three of Sabathia's nine wins are shutouts, and he allowed one earned run in three others. His ERA is 1.43 for the Brewers.

Sabathia got the only run he needed when Rickie Weeks led off the game with his 11th homer, on a 3-2 pitch by starter Jeff Karstens. Karstens (2-4) is 0-4 since pitching 7 1/3 perfect innings against Arizona on Aug. 6, though two of the three runs against him Sunday came after he left the game.

The Brewers finished off a three-game sweep -- they've won their last nine against the last-place Pirates -- and have won 18 of 23. They went 20-7 in August, a year after falling apart while going 9-18 for the month.

The other one-hitters this season were by James Shields of Tampa Bay against the Angels on May 9, Matt Garza of the Rays against Florida on June 26 and the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda against Atlanta on July 7. Jon Lester of the Red Sox pitched the majors' only no-hitter this season, beating Kansas City on May 19.

Notes

  • Milwaukee (80-56) is 24 games above .500 for the first time since September 1992.
  • The Brewers are 11-1 with nine consecutive wins against Pittsburgh, with three games remaining in Milwaukee in late September. They are 5-1 in PNC Park, where they were 22-43 before this season.
  • Sabathia is 12-0 in his last 16 starts, counting his final five with Cleveland. His last loss was June 5.
  • Pirates SS Jack Wilson was lifted in the ninth with a bruised right index finger.
 
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His teammates are angry, but CC Sabathia takes his flirtation with a no-hitter in stride.  (AP)
His teammates are angry, but CC Sabathia takes his flirtation with a no-hitter in stride. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

C. Sabathia
IP 9.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 3
K 11
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111000 .227
Craig Counsell, SS4110100 .232
Ryan Braun, LF5120011 .300
Prince Fielder, 1B5121001 .268
Corey Hart, RF4210113 .286
Gabe Kapler, CF3112100 .301
Bill Hall, 3B3022100 .231
Jason Kendall, C4010013 .255
CC Sabathia, P4000005 .216
Totals37711643  
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (40, Karstens), Gabe Kapler (16, Burnett), Bill Hall (21, Yates)
HR - Rickie Weeks (11, Karstens)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (39), Prince Fielder (81), Gabe Kapler 2 (37), Bill Hall 2 (53)
CS - Ryan Braun (4, 2nd base by Karstens/Chavez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder, Sabathia-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
CC Sabathia (W,15-8) 91003110 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 117-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-8
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 29
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jack Wilson, SS2000100 .274
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH1000010 .322
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3000101 .257
Nate McLouth, CF3000020 .270
Jason Michaels, LF3000010 .230
Andy LaRoche, 3B3010010 .165
Brandon Moss, RF2000101 .267
Chris Gomez, 1B3000021 .284
Raul Chavez, C3000011 .255
Jeff Karstens, P2000020 .200
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .333
    Jason Davis, P0000000 .000
    Luis Rivas, SS1000010 .227
Totals26010311  
a-struck out for Grabow in the 9th
Batting
SB - Andy LaRoche (1, 3rd base off Sabathia/Kendall)
Team LOB - 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Karstens (L,2-4) 6.1533101 3.62
Tyler Yates 1322010 5.20
Sean Burnett0222200 5.24
Jason Davis 0.2000000 5.40
John Grabow 1100120 3.05
WP - Sean Burnett (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 110-74, Tyler Yates 28-16, Sean Burnett 15-4, Jason Davis 7-3, John Grabow 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 8-10, Tyler Yates 2-0, Jason Davis 1-1, John Grabow 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 24, Tyler Yates 6, Sean Burnett 4, Jason Davis 2, John Grabow 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21293
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - James Hoye