Official Scorer Says "No-No" to CC Sabathia's No-No

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IAugust 31, 2008

CC Sabathia has just thrown his fifth complete game for the Milwaukee Brewers as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday.

Sabathia struck out 11 and is now 9-0 since the trade in early July, and 5-0 in the month of August, which further cements his push for the NL Cy Young Award. However, this was not the story of the game in 'Steel City'.

Sabathia did not allow a hit, but due to an 'error' by the official scorer (who will remain nameless), CC was credited as giving up an "infield single".

It all happened in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Adam LaRoche led off with a dribbler back to the mound. Sabathia went to field it bare-handed, but struggled to pick up the ball. Had Sabathia re-gathered himself, he still had time to throw out LaRoche.

Even if his throw is late or off the mark, the 'error' by CC becomes more clear.

Scoring has been changed in the past, and this play is one that definitely has to follow that route.

The official scorer said that he went back and reviewed the play and concluded that LaRoche was too far down the line and Sabathia had no chance even if the ball was fielded cleanly.

I watched the game, and I can 'officially say', "that's bull". Andy LaRoche is by no-means a speedster, and if Sabathia can throw 97 MPH to the plate, he can throw that hard to first and have easily made the play and gotten the out.  

The score needs to change and Sabathia has to be credited with the no-hitter. It would be the first no-no for a Brewers pitcher since Juan Nieves did it against the Baltimore Orioles in 1987.

The Milwaukee Brewers will send an appeal to the Major League Baseball offices in hopes of giving Sabathia what he truly deserves.

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