CC has already proven that he was worth what the Milwaukee Brewers gave up in order to acquire him from the Cleveland Indians. After tonight's game, Sabathia has improved to 6-0 in seven starts with the Brew Crew. He also lowered his ERA with the Brewers to 1.57 as he tossed another complete game, his fourth with his new club, and didn't even allow a single run. He did, although, allow five hits and one walk while he struck out nine Washington baseballers.
Milwaukee got on the board early with a two-out run-scoring single from the Prince to make it 1-0 in the first. The Crew added another run in the second when Mike Cameron launched his 18th homer into the left field bleachers. The Brew City bombers added two more run in the third when J.J. Hardy scored on a wild pitch that also allowed Ryan Braun to go to third. Corey Hart then hit a sac fly to score Braun and make it 4-0. Hardy scored another run when he hit his 16th round-tripper into right center to finish the scoring at 5-0.
Back to Sabathia though. It only took the over-powering lefty 103 pitches to shut-out the Nationals, 77 of those pitches being strikes. He also faced just five batters over the minimum.
With the win the Brewers remain just five games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs. The Crew extended their lead to two games in the NL Wild Card race as the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a note, this game was sold-out marking the TWELFTH straight sell-out which is a new franchise record. Milwaukee has sold-out 28 overall.
On Wednesday, Washington will give Tim Redding (8-6, 4.44 ERA) the nod while Milwaukee send Ben Sheets (10-5, 3.14 ERA) to the mound. Game two of the four-game set is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. local time first pitch.