Energy runs high for Sabathia victory
Southpaw goes six innings for first win in National League
MILWAUKEE -- You've got to hand it to Brewers manager Ned Yost, who has "just another day" down to a sweet science.Someone asked the skipper on Tuesday afternoon whether he sensed a buzz around Milwaukee in the hours before the debut of left-hander CC Sabathia, the Brewers' biggest midseason acquisition since Don Sutton brought his Hall of Fame curveball to County Stadium for a pennant race in 1982. Yost's quick answer: No. "I don't listen to the radio and I haven't seen anybody," Yost said. "And my wife wasn't that excited. So the buzz was about the same as every day for me." If he didn't feel it a few hours later, Yost needed to check his senses. A sellout crowd packed Miller Park for a night of Sabathiamania, complete with signs reading "CC you in October" and a handful of standing ovations before Sabathia threw his first Brewers pitch. The big left-hander didn't dominate, but he certainly didn't disappoint. He worked six innings and allowed two earned runs in a 7-3 win over the Rockies in front of 42,533 fans, the 16th Miller Park sellout this season. Left fielder Ryan Braun hit a three-run home run off losing pitcher Mark Redman (2-4) to give Sabathia an early lead and three Brewers relievers made it stand including David Riske, Sabathia's close friend and old Indians teammate. Making his Brewers debut a day after the blockbuster trade that sent him from Cleveland to Milwaukee, Sabathia worked six innings and allowed three runs, two of them earned, on five hits. He struck out five but also matched a season high with five walks and admitted that the whirlwind events of the previous 48 hours played a role. "I had a bunch of emotions going through my head," Sabathia said. "Just from the fans, the electricity that they brought to the stadium. It got me a little too excited. I rushed through my bullpen because I was just ready to get to the game, get things going. That was the reason you saw me be so erratic today." Erratic, but effective. Perhaps a bit lucky, too. Sabathia took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning and caught a break when Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs suffered an injury that appeared to prevent him from scoring the tying run. Spilborghs had drawn the second of two straight Sabathia walks as Colorado loaded the bases with no outs before catcher Yorvit Torrealba deposited a double into the right-field corner. Spilborghs broke from first base, but grabbed his side near second base and trotted into third. He left the game with a left oblique injury and will be placed on the disabled list on Wednesday.
|"I had a bunch of emotions going through my head. Just from the fans, the electricity that they brought to the stadium. It got me a little too excited. I rushed through my bullpen because I was just ready to get to the game, get things going. That was the reason you saw me be so erratic today."|
|-- CC Sabathia on his Brewers debut|
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.