By: Big Rygg
Well the CC Sabathia era in Milwaukee has officially begun.
Tonight, in Milwaukee’s own Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Colorado Rockies behind 6.0 innings of 3 run ball from Sabathia. Seeing as how only two of those runs were earned, Sabathia’s official NL stat line after one start is as follows:
1-0, 6.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 5 K, 1.67 WHIP
Sabathia was uncharacteristically wild in his first start as a Brewer and was plenty emotional throughout the game. He loaded the bases twice which led to all three runs against him (one scored on a double-play ground out the other two on a double down the right-field line that might’ve been three runs has Ryan Spilborghs not strained an oblique muscle) but got out of jams after those runs scored.
In my educated (though nowhere near professional) opinion, Sabathia looked overly amped tonight. In all fairness to him though, there is a ton of expectation that comes along with this trade and how could you not get overly emotional when a sellout crowd of 42,533 fans is chanting your name even before you’d thrown your first pitch? (A strike, by the way.)
Having said that, Sabathia definitely showed his ability all over this game, but also showed that he’s human. By the way, the emotion that he showed after striking out Brad Hawpe was fantastic! This has the opportunity to go down as a historic trade when it’s all said and done, but for now, either way, this is going to be an excellent ride!
I’m going to the game tomorrow night too (which was a part of my 20-game pack this season anyway) so I’ll see the Brewers’ two-headed ace in back-to-back games. Talk about a fun 48 hours!