Because this is a rarity, I thought I would savor the moment for Brewer fans and bask in CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets’ masterful outings the past two nights. Here are their lines, you decide which is more impressive:
Sabathia: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 103 pitches (77 strikes)–>Overall: 12-8, 3.11 ERA
Sheets: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks, 113 pitches (78 strikes)–>Overall: 11- 5, 2.95 ERA
Obviously Sabathia was more efficient, but I’ll tell you what, I struggle to think of another pitcher with as dominant a pitch as Ben Sheets’ curve ball. Unbelievable. Either way, both very impressive performances by these guys. National’s manager Manny Acta probably won’t be getting much sleep tonight.
Just to put this this whole feat into prospective, the Brewers are the first team to record back-to-back shutouts since the Twins did it in 2004 (Brad Radke’s 4 hitter followed by Johan Santana’s 3 hitter).
The last time the team did it was in 1992. That was courtesy of Cal Eldred’s 4 hitter and Chris Bosio’s 5 hitter.