Brewers appeal for Sabathia no-hitter
Brewers 7, Pirates 0: To the Milwaukee Brewers, CC Sabathia pitched a no-hitter. The official scorer disagreed.
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The Brewers are going to try to change his mind.
Sabathia limited the Pirates to an infield single — on a play Milwaukee Manager Ned Yost argued was an error on the pitcher — and the Brewers beat host Pittsburgh 7-0 Sunday for their eighth victory in nine games.
"That's a stinking no-hitter we all got cheated from," Yost said. "I feel horrible for CC."
The Brewers said they plan to send a DVD of the play 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.
Andy LaRoche's softly hit grounder leading off the fifth inning rolled about 45 feet between the plate and the mound. Sabathia picked it up barehanded, only to drop it.
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 as Sabathia was picking the ball up. Yost and several Brewers players disagreed.
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 1: Andre Ethier and Casey Blake hit first-inning homers, and visiting Los Angeles roughed up Brandon Webb (19-6), who failed in his second bid to become the majors' first 20-game winner.
Unable to command his sinker, Webb allowed six earned runs, eight hits and five walks in 31⁄3 innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. Ethier's 401-foot homer splashed into the pool beyond the right-center field wall. Blake's blast went even farther — 432 feet, off a railing above the pool to put the Dodgers ahead 4-0. Webb had allowed two homers in his previous 702⁄3 innings.
Nationals 8, Braves 4: Aaron Boone failed to lay down a sacrifice, then slammed a three-run, eighth-inning home run to lift host Washington to its season-high sixth straight win. "It was a good job of not executing," Boone said.
Astros 3, Cardinals 0: Ty Wigginton hit his 12th home run of August, and four Houston pitchers combined to shut out visiting St. Louis.
Phillies 5, Cubs 3: Jayson Werth hit his third home run of the series at Wrigley, and 45-year-old Jamie Moyer (12-7) got his 12th win.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 2: Roy Halladay (17-9) won his fourth straight start, giving him four wins over the Yankees this year, and Scott Rolen homered for visiting Toronto.
Rangers 4, Angels 3: Josh Hamilton homered, and visiting Texas avoided a series sweep. Hamilton has 30 homers and a major-league-leading 117 RBI.