High & Inside

Posted: September 02, 2008

Could a controversial call that cost Brewers ace CC Sabathia a no-hitter get major-league baseball talking about changing the way the game is scored?

It could if Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has his way.

"A questionable call gets a lot of people involved and a lot of peoples' hair on end," Melvin said.

In the Brewers' 7-0 win over the Pirates on Sunday, Sabathia tried to bare-hand a softly hit grounder by Andy LaRoche.

When the pitcher dropped the ball, the official scorer, Bob Webb, credited LaRoche with a hit, saying later that LaRoche was two-thirds of the way down the base path as Sabathia picked up the ball. He also said the ball was spinning as it went to the left of the mound, making for a difficult play.

Miffed that the call cost Sabathia a no-hitter, Melvin suggested instituting a three-person panel to score games: a scorer and two baseball writers, who could debate among themselves.

"I thought of it before this play," Melvin said. "It's not just because of this."

Melvin said he would float the idea around the Brewers organization before deciding whether to bring it up during the general managers' meeting in the off-season.

Young Clemens charged

Koby Clemens, the 21-year-old oldest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, and two minor-league teammates with the Salem (Va.) Avalanche spent a little time behind bars last weekend.

After what police call a "disturbance" at a local restaurant, Clemens and Mark Ori were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Another teammate, Jimmy Goethals, was charged with assault and battery. All three were soon released on bond. Reached by the Roanoke Times, Clemens declined comment.

The newspaper said it has been a tough year for Clemens, a catcher, at the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. He hit .268 for the Avalanche, including seven homers, as he learned a new position. But he endured catcalls from fans over allegations of his father's alleged marital infidelities and use of performance-enhancing drugs during his career.


Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent will undergo surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The club will call up infielder Chin-lung Hu from triple-A Las Vegas to replace him. . . . The Blue Jays have traded David Eckstein, a hustling 5-foot-7 infielder, to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the NL West leaders a new spark plug down the stretch. . . . Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets, who has a history of injuries, left the game against the Mets yesterday after five innings due to tightness in his left groin.

Contact staff writer Joe Logan at 215-854-5604 or jlogan@phillynews.com.

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