July 23, 2008

CC blanks Cards on 3-hitter

The Milwaukee Brewers traded for CC Sabathia when the trading was good, and enjoyed the fruits of their deal for the fourth time tonight as the lefthanded powerhouse grunted his way through a three-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Brewers would also show that a top tier team can win a game in which their offense only produces three runs.

There was never any real threat against the mid-90s fastballer, his curved and command of location proving too much for the Cardinal hitters. The closest the Cardinals came to scoring came in the sixth, when Brendan Ryan broke up what might've been a no-hitter, singling to right. Ryan Ludwick followed with an infield single, but the Cards could make nothing out of it.
The only other Cardinal to get a hit was Aaron Miles.

Braden Looper took the loss, his record falling to 9-8. Looper gave up a homer in the fifth to J.J. Hardy, then faced five more batters to survive the rest of the inning.

Kelivn Jimenez came on to start the sixth, allowing the leadoff hitter to single, then hitting a batter. One fielder's choice out later, Rickie Weeks hit a sacrifice fly, Mike Cameron tagging up and scoring the Brewers second run.

Jason Isringhausen took over in the eighth, giving up only an infield single on a ball hit back through the middle which reacted to, deflecting the ball with is bare hand. In the ninth, Izzy got a pitch up and outside, Ryan Braun taking it the opposite way, sending it into the right field seats. The leadoff solo shot put the Brewers up at 3-0, but all they would need to win tonight was the first home run by Hardy.

For Cardinal Nation, about all they could say was: "At least it wasn't that Hall guy," referring to Billy Hall, who had put the finishing touches on the Cards for the previous two night.

On this night, however, the Brewers would take the series, now up three games to none and a chance to sweep tomorrow night.