So the Milwaukee Brewers clearly are not focused on going to the post-season.
Brewers ace C.C. Sabathia threw a complete game one hitter in their victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park. In the 5th inning, a check swing by Andy LaRoche was grounded to Sabathia’s right side. Sabathia tried to bare-hand the ball, couldn’t come up with it and LaRoche was safe at first. Pirates official scorer Bob Webb ruled the play a hit, the first one for Pittsburgh. Sabathia then proceeded to throw a no hitter the rest of the way ending the game allowing only that controversial hit.
Of course that wasn’t the end of the controversy. Ned Yost and the rest of the Brewers organization wrote Major League Baseball sending them tapes of the game and written explanation as to why that play should have been called an error as opposed to a hit.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball denied the change, saying that the hit will stand.
Well let’s start with the hit itself. Now when was the last time you ever saw an infielder who absolutely HAD to bare-hand the ball to make the play, be credited with a non-throwing error? My guess is that you haven’t. For C.C. to make that play would have been extremely difficult, and even if he had gotten the throw to first, he likely would not have thrown LaRoche out.
Now why were Yost, and Brewers management so up in arms about this ordeal? Yost practically berated Sabathia in the post-game press conference saying “that’s a play that has to be made”. More or less this was simply trying to influence MLB into changing the ruling. Why exactly are the Brewers so focused on this feat? How about you guys focus on trying to catch the Chicago Cubs that you still trail by 4 or 5 games?
Another thing, how do you know Sabathia would not having given up a hit the rest of the way? Ever watch a no-hitter through 7 or 8 innings? It gets very pressure filled. Pitchers tense up, mistakes happen. It is impossible to say whether the game would have continued in the way that it did. Why do you think so many no-no’s are broken up in the 7th, 8th, and 9th?
This is also a slap in the face to scorekeepers everywhere. Now in the future, if I am scoring a Brewers game, and someone calls up to me to change the ruling, I would hang up on them immediately.