For six-plus innings, Wednesday afternoon’s Brewers-Braves game looked like something more than just your typical Wednesday afternoon early April Brewers-Braves game.
For awhile it looked like high drama in the making.
Garza was actually perfect through the first three, finally giving up a base runner when he walked Freddie Freeman in the fourth. Harang matched Garza pitch-for-pitch, allowing only a walk through his first six.
And then in the seventh inning, the wheels came off history.
Garza was the first to fall, losing his no-no in the top of the seventh when Chris Johnson smoked a pitch over the fence for a solo homer. No-no and shutout gone in one swing.
And there went Garza’s dream of pitching a no-hitter in his first game with the Brewers.
Aaron Harang, also pitching his first game with a new team, went into the bottom of the seventh with a chance to still make history, but his own no-hit bid also fizzled in that seventh frame. Logan Schafer led off the inning with a single against the Braves’ hurler.
And with that single by Schafer, a potentially memorable afternoon in Milwaukee turned into just another early April afternoon in Milwaukee.
But for a minute things got pretty interesting.