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Today In Brewer History: Sabathia's (Near) No-Hitter

Most of you probably know that the Brewers have had just one no-hitter in franchise history: Juan Nieves' gem on April 15, 1987. Many of you, however, would argue that there should be two, and CC Sabathia's outing on this day in 2008 should be the other.

August of 2008 was one of the best months of Sabathia's career: He posted a 1.12 ERA over 48.1 innings, the Brewers picked up the win in all six of his starts, and he struck out 51 while walking just eight. He pitched his third complete game and second shutout of the month on this day, keeping the Pirates off the board while walking three and striking out eleven in nine innings.

The only blemish on Sabathia's day came during the fifth inning, when Pittsburgh third baseman Andy LaRoche grounded a ball back to the pitcher and reached when he bobbled it. The play was ruled a hit, and later attempts to appeal the official scorer's decision were rejected. Sabathia had thrown the eighth one hitter in franchise history and the first since 1987, but his bid for a higher place in history fell just short.

The Brewers scored a run in the first on Rickie Weeks' leadoff home run and six more in the late innings en route to a 7-0 victory.

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